The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) was established in 2010. Following a period of rapid growth and transition the agency has made significant advancements towards addressing its mandate of deriving greater value from space science and technology for the benefit of South African society.

South Africa’s space future demands STEM subjects

on . Posted in SANSA Space Operations News

Our Societies are dominated and even 'driven' by ideas and products from science and technology (S&T) and it is very likely that the influence of science and technology on our lives will continue to increase in the years to come. Our attendance of this annual event clearly emphasised that. African Education Week is the meeting & trading platform for everyone who is passionate about improving the standard of education in Africa.

The resonating theme throughout the convention was that modern societies need people with scientific, technological, engineering and maths qualifications at the highest level as well as a general public which has a broad understanding of the contents and methods of science and technology, coupled with an insight into their role as social forces that shape the future.

The motto at SANSA is in service of humanity. We are therefore pleased when a gathering of such African Education Week emphasizes the importance of investing more in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). After all, scientific and technological knowledge, skills and artefacts 'invade' all realms of life in modern society: the workplace and the public sphere are increasingly dependent on new as well as upon more established technologies. So, too, are the private sphere and our leisure time.

Space Talk at SANSA - Life Inside a Bubble

on . Posted in SANSA Space Science News

In 1958, a simple Geiger counter attached to a primitive rocket made a startling discovery: Space is radioactive!  Hailed as the first major discovery of the space era, it was soon realised that this observation was intimately related a number of other puzzles.  The melodious whistling tones that were sometimes heard on long wire antennae when they were attached to a loudspeaker and the bewildering events reported a century prior where telegraph wires began to generate their own electric currents. It was possible to read a newspaper by the light of the bright red aurora, even as close to the equator as Cuba.  In this talk, Dr Bortnik will briefly explain some of the background and history of space weather, and discuss a few of the questions that continue to elude space physicists today. Particular attention will be paid to results from the recently launched Van Allen Probes, which are recording in unprecedented detail the Earth's radiation environment as the Sun awakens from its long and deep solar minimum.

 

 

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