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.

Flagship events help to excite learners about science and technology

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SANSA's participation in these events reached over 2500 learners to awaken and stimulate their interest in careers in space science to create the capacity the country needs in this area.

Once again this year, the third quarter of 2016 saw the staging of two flagship events on the national and global science and technology calendars – National Science Week and World Space Week. Locally, the events brought together the role players, decision-makers and scholars involved and interested in science and technology and showcased local and international achievements in this dynamic field of endeavour. 


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Natural Wonders of South Africa 7 – The Little Karoo

A 3D drape of SPOT6/7 mosaic imagery, acquired 2016 showing an oblique view of the Little Karoo. Oudtshoorn, the "ostrich capital of the world" can be seen in the distance, nestled in the foothills of the Swartberg mountains.

The Little Karoo lies sandwiched between two huge ranges of folded mountains that run west to east across the Western Cape. Nestled in the foothills of the Swartberg range near the town of Oudtshoorn is the Cango fault and world famous, Cango Caves. The caves were created by the same process which hollowed out the Sterkfontein cave system in Gauteng and possess some of the most extensive and beautiful dripstone collections in the world.

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Produced at SANSA Earth Observation. SPOT6: Copyright © 2013 Airbus DS. All rights reserved. SPOT6: Copyright © 2014 Airbus DS. All rights reserved.

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