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Space Agency December Holiday Programme

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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. 

SANSA hosts VERSIM and Radiation Belt symposia in Hermanus

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The IAGA/URSI* VERSIM working group promotes the exchange of ideas, information and experience between researchers world-wide through the study of ELF (300 Hz - 3 kHz) and VLF (3-30 kHz) radio waves in the magnetosphere and ionosphere.

The RadBelt working group resulted from the international workshops of the radiation belt sciences community held since 1994 to foster discussion on the observations, theory and modelling of radiation belts and their plasma populations and processes.

* International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) and International Union of Radio Science (URSI)

Space science, specifically Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) and Very Low Frequency (VLF) radio waves in the magnetosphere and ionosphere, as well as space plasma and radiation belt phenomena, were topics of dynamic discourse recently between representatives from two international space science working groups at the 7th biennial VERSIM and Radiation Belt (RadBelt) Symposia in Hermanus. SANSA was selected to host the event, for the first time in Africa, from 19 - 24 September this year.

The synergy between VERSIM and radiation belt science led the organisers of both symposiums to attach several days of radiation belt discussions to the VERSIM meeting in Hermanus. 

Space talk at SANSA - From deep Space to Antarctica and Sutherland

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Space talk at SANSA - Zombie Satellites, Killer Electrons and Physics in Space

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