World Space Week 2013

posted: 1489 days ago, on Sunday, 2013 Sep 22 at 13:05
tags: astronomy, outreach, space, space craft, SAASTA, WSW, InOMN, SANSA.

World Space Week, the largest annual space event in the world, is held each year from October 04-10, "celebrating science and technology and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition." The official website is www.worldspaceweek.org.

And on October 12, International Observe the Moon Night (@observethemoon on Twitter) is celebrated. This will be our fourth year of doing InOMN (see report and pics from 2010, 2011 and 2012)

This year, we've decided to combine both events into one public space and astronomy day/night outreach activity. At this point, I'd like to say a special word of thanks to our supports, SAAST/DST and SANSA. Details of our registered event will be found on the WSW website, and below.

Our programme for Saturday, October 12, begins at 10:00 and will end around 22:00 (depending on how many eager Moon viewers we have); see the tables below. All our activities are targeted at the general public visiting the busy Zevenwacht shopping mall (Kuils River, Cape Town) during the course of Saturday October 12. All age groups are thus covered. At each activity point, we use star gazing merely to attract attention. Then, using various discussion posters, space exploration topics are presented: disaster management, telecommunications, agricultural research, nature conservation, environmental change, positioning/navigation, climate change, food security and general Earth observation.

Saturday October 12 day programme (10:00 to 17:00)

activity pointdetails
 
 
TelescopesTelescopes allowing visitors to look at the Sun. The telescopes and Sun posters are eye-catching and draw people to us. After looking at the Sun, the space craft studying the Sun and space weather are discussed. The Sun viewing is thus used to attract attention.
Table #1Space. Space craft models on display and explanation of how they work.
Space exploration/benefits printed handouts.
Space career and other handouts from SANSA.
Discussion posters showing space exploration of the Moon, Mars and Earth. These diagrams are used to explain how these three celestial bodies have been explored and studied with space craft.
Space craft model kit lucky draw.
Table #2Interactive solar system exploration activity. Show the scale of the solar system (scaled to a photograph taken of the visitor) and highlight the space craft missions that have, and are, exploring.
PavementSolar System Model A model of the solar system is laid out along the pavement, showing the distances to the planets and how this effects communication/travel time.
 

Saturday October 12 night programme (19:00 to 22:00)

activity pointdetails
 
 
TelescopesTelescopes allowing visitors to look at the Moon The telescopes are eye-catching and draw people to us. After looking at the Moon, the space craft studying the Moon and Earth-Moon system are discussed. The Moon viewing is thus used to attract attention.
Table #1Space. Space craft models on display and explanation of how they work.
Space exploration/benefits printed handouts.
Space career and other handouts from SANSA.
Discussion posters showing space exploration of the Moon, Mars and Earth. These diagrams are used to explain how these three celestial bodies have been explored and studied with space craft.
Space craft model kit lucky draw.
Table #2Live Moon video show. A live video projection of the Moon shows a large image of the Moon on a screen - perfect for attracting attention.
PavementSolar System Model A model of the solar system is laid out along the pavement, showing the distances to the planets and how this effects communication/travel time.
 

nothing more to see. please move along.