Category Archives: Africa2Moon

Yuri’s Night on Safari Party!


Yuri's Night Logo
Yuri’s Night Logo

Join tens of thousands of people around the world this April to dream about where we’re going, explore where we are, and celebrate where we’ve been at Yuri’s Night, the World Space Party.

Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to venture into space on April 12, 1961, and the inaugural launch of the first Space Shuttle on April 12, 1981.

Join us for a Party & Star Gazing to celebrate Yuri’s Night at the Slug & Lettuce, River Club, Observatory Cape Town on Saturday the 11 April 2015 from 7pm until LATE.

Come in your favourite SciFi mask and you could win a prize! Bring along your telescope if you would like to help us introduce others to the wonder of star-gazing!

Pre-order your T-Shirt when you register or buy it on the night. Other Yuri’s Night items will be available at our pop-up shop!

There will be a pop-up shop selling Yuri’s Night T-Shirts, Stickers, Lapel Pins and other goodies all in support of the Foundation for Space Development & the Africa2Moon Mission.

Cash bar and an awesome menu is available for the hungry including their stunning wood-fired pizzas!

There will be live entertainment and we will Party on Safari from 7pm until late!

Entrance is free but please claim your free ticket early so we can prepare. (You can also win 2 free Yuri’s Night T-Shirts if you have a ticket!)

Click the button below to Register and if you also make a donation you will be given the exclusive opportunity to pre-order the very limited quantity t-shirt from the pop-up store!

Eventbrite - Yuri's Night on Safari Party

View this event on the Yuri's Night Website

Call for Scientific Proposals Announcement

The call for Scientific Proposals for the Africa2Moon Mission will be announced at a press conference on Friday 13 March 2015 at 2;30pm South African Standard Time.

An open invitation has been issued to attend the announcement & Q&A session in person at the Cape Town Science Centre or via a Google Hangout.

After the announcement online submission will be available on this website.

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South African National Space Agency (SANSA) joins the Africa2Moon official supporters

“We hope that this programme garners enough support to accomplish the mission objectives and get our citizens excited about opportunities in space.”
Dr. Sandile Malinga, CEO, South African National Space Agency

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has become an official supporter of Phase I of the Africa2Moon Mission Program.


During this phase the Africa2Moon Mission team will be preparing a feasibility study based on scientific objectives chosen from those submitted in a forthcoming call for scientific proposals.

In addition the Mission team is placing a large amount of emphasis, during phase I, on inspiring the future engineers & scientists of the continent through a series of outreach activities and “Space Missions” like the Global Space Balloon Challenge that Africa2Moon will be participating in, in April of this year.

Mr. Jonathan Weltman, Project Administrator of the Africa2Moon Programme, said he was delighted to have SANSA aboard. “SANSA & Africa2Moon share the same ideals of promoting Space Awareness, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) Education and Africa’s existing capabilities in the Aerospace sector.”

Dr Sandile Malinga, CEO of SANSA said that the Space Agency felt encouraged to see such ambitious and inspiring projects directed at the youth and public to create aspirations of space exploration and awareness. “We hope that this programme garners enough support to accomplish the mission objectives and get our citizens excited about opportunities in space.”

The Africa2Moon Mission is a multi-year public participation Space Programme designed to showcase existing Space capabilities on the continent; provide opportunities for researchers & Aerospace professionals to work on a world-class project; to retain and attract essential Space science & engineering skills in and to Africa; to inspire the next generation of space scientists & engineers from Africa; and to make a meaningful, first lunar exploration, research contribution from the continent to the global community currently working on lunar projects and/or research. In support of Space Exploration to Mars and beyond for the benefit of all humankind.

Continue reading South African National Space Agency (SANSA) joins the Africa2Moon official supporters

Space, Science & the Africa2Moon Mission – Schools Presentation

The Foundation for Space Development has embarked on a series of School Presentations to raise awareness of:

  • The importance of Space to our daily lives (economic & societal)
  • The value of incorporating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) with a general Space application awareness in any career path.
  • The Africa2Moon Mission & how to participate in Africa’s first ever Space Exploration Programme

If you would like to organize this presentation at your school please complete the booking enquiry form on the Foundations website.

Africa2Moon Phase I Sponsor:


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WATCH: Africa2Moon Mission featured on CNBC Africa

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Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:27:49 GMT

A team of scientists are raising funds to help inspire youth in Africa to reach for the moon, which forms part of a space exploration mission -the first of its kind for the continent. CNBC Africa’s Benedict Pather compiled this report.


DID YOU KNOW: Apollo 14 Took a South African Flag to the Moon in 1971?

“Fund the sending of African Flags to the Moon”
Click Here to donate $15 or more to the Flag Fund

On the 31 January 1971 the crew of Apollo 14, Alan B. Shepard, Jr.; Stuart A. Roosa & Edgar D. Mitchell took the then South African Flag to the Moon.

Left to right: Roosa, Shepard, Mitchell
Apollo 14 Insignia

The 31 January 2015 will mark the 44th Anniversary of this historic mission and the closing of the current Africa2Moon crowdfunding campaign.

If you would like to see the new South African flag taken to the Moon or any other African flag than you can support this by donating towards the sending of your flag!