Learners working on satellite designs
We live in an era of great space discoveries, more so than ever in our past. This year's theme of 'Discovery' is meant to highlight the impact space has on our lives and the various discoveries, be they on Earth or in deep space, made by investment and research into space science and technology.
Space is all about Discovery!
Since its United Nations declaration in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth.
World Space week was declared by the General Assembly to be an annual celebration from 4-10 October of the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of humanity.
In South Africa, it was decided to move the commemoration date to 14-18 September 2015 in order to pilot the celebrations before the learners commence with exam preparations (in October).
This week, our teams together with Department of Science and Technology and partner entities will be in the Northern Cape to bring the excitement and impact of space science to the learners and public in this province. The programme for the week aims to reach as many learners in the Northern Province in a radius of about 200km from Kuruman culminating in the official opening of the World Space Week in Kuruman with government VIPs and the public. The teams participating in the opening will be exhibiting and hosting workshops for learners as well.
Running concurrently in the Western Cape will be an interesting Space Talk on life in Antarctica and monitoring the space environment from this remote location. It is a free public lecture on 17 September at 19:00 and you can get more information from http://www.sansa.org.za/spacescience
Our mobile Space Lab will also be taking the practical space science experience to learners in the rural Western Cape during this week.
Watch this space for updates from our teams during this week's activities!