SPACE India Celebrating World Space Week 2016

World Space Week

SPACE celebrates World Space Week in October, every year with more than 500 exciting programmes through the month of October with its associated schools and enthusiasts in India to join in the largest celebration of public space event based on a specific theme.

SPACE encourages everybody to celebrate World Space Week all the way up to the 3rd week of October. Theme for the year 2016 is Remote Sensing: Enabling our Future. The announced theme is an inward looking theme, which celebrates Earth Observation from Space for the betterment of the human race. It highlights a host of classic Earth Observation missions which emphasizes on applications such as environment and agriculture monitoring, land use mapping and new uses such as location based services.

We recommended our associated schools to hold any WSW-themed activities in during the month of October, and submit the report to us, which will be then compiled bearing the school’s name and sent to the World Space Week team at the UN.

SPACE is organizing an online Inter-School Painting Competition on the theme which will be judged by a renowned Italian Artist, Emanuele Dascanio. This competition is open for all, children from all classes are invited to join in the celebration with colours, and paint their imagination on canvas and are requested to submit their entries directly, without any prior registrations.

In addition, to celebrate WSW, SPACE and Embassy of the United States are collaboratively organizing an interactive session, US-India Cooperation in Space, at American Center, for high school and college students on October 5, with the eminent speakers and representatives from NASA and ISRO.

The session is based on NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar), a collaborative satellite designed by NASA and ISRO to observe and take measurements of some of the planet’s most complex processes, including ecosystem disturbances, ice-sheet collapse, and natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and landslides. The session will include an interaction with representatives from NASA and ISRO to talk about the project and answer questions from the participants.

On October 17, SPACE will also be organizing an off-beat discussion on Remote Sensing and Satellite Communications with one of our esteemed guest, Dr. Jason Held, Chief Executive Officer at Saber Astronautics, Australia to know the latest in the field through Google Hangouts. The Saber Astronautics have engineered legacy projects ranging from the Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station to CubeSats. Senior instructors and operators from US Army and Air Force Space Command and PhD graduates from the world class field robotics laboratory in Sydney have earned a reputation for the organization to tackle hard problems with academic rigour and agile engineering.

A Guest Lecture will be given by Mr Sachin Bahmba, Chairman & Managing Director, SPACE at SRM University, on Remote Sensing on the inaugural day of WSW, October 4.

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) will be conducted by SPACE Chennai on October 8, 2016 at Sree Sankara Bala Vidyalaya Golden Jubilee School, Pallikaranai, Chennai and the highlights are:

1. Weigh yourself on different planets
2. Moon ball Activity
3. Moon Observation through Dobsonian Telescopes
4. Planets Observation through Dobsonian Telescopes

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