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LISTEN: The first person on MARS could be South African!

The Mars One project aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars by 2024. With over 200 000 initial applications, the Dutch-based venture has whittled down the most recent shortlist to 100. Nick Hamman on 5fm caught up with Adriana Marais, one of four South Africans left on the list.

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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.

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WATCH: Space (Applications) has no limits!

The European Space Agency (ESA) is joining forces with Lift to find new business applications and models using satellite data by working hand in hand with innovators. And keep in mind, Space has no limits!

Lift Conference is one of Europe’s key events about innovation and digital technologies. It features a special blend of inspiring speeches by some of the world’s best speakers, truly interactive workshops, exhibitions of interactive media projects and prototypes to play with …and the legendary Fondue!

4–6 February 2015 – CICG, Geneva, Switzerland

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.


SpaceX CRS5 Mission – the definition of success!

Today the SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched the Dragon re-supply capsule to the International Space Station.

The launch and separation went perfectly but, as though that was not difficult enough, the team at SpaceX took on an awesome extra element to the mission. To land the Falcon 9 Rocket on a barge, “autonomous spaceport drone ship” as the SpaceX CEO Elon Musk calls it, at sea so that it could be re-used. Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly this part of the Mission failed.

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No, the rocket did not miss the barge, it in fact hit its target. It landed too hard (Hard Landing) as opposed to the controlled Soft Landing that was being attempted. Hitting the barge is liking hitting a Smartie with a slingshot from a kilometer away. In our opinion that, in itself was a huge success.

Well done SPACEX!