Tour of Space Operations at Hartebeesthoek

The socio-economic benefits of space science to South Africa will come into sharp focus on Saturday, 15 October, when the country joins the rest of the world to mark World Space Week.

The theme of World Space Week is “Remote Sensing: Enabling our Future”, which involves scanning the Earth with satellites or aircraft to obtain information.

The Department of Science and Technology is inviting media to see the numerous antennae and space technologies used for remote sensing at Hartebeesthoek, home to the Space Operations division of the South African National Space Agency.

The media will be given insight into how the country uses remote sensing to do things like monitor South Africa’s scarce water resources and plan sustainable human settlements. Experts in the field will give talks about how space science is contributing to national priorities like Operation Phakisa.

Since 2005 South Africa has been involved the Group on Earth Observations, a global initiative whose mission is to connect the demand for accurate environmental information with the supply of remotely sensed data and information about the Earth system.

World Space Week has been held since 1999 and is now the largest public awareness initiative for space, celebrated in over 70 countries worldwide.

Source: Department of Science and Technology