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!
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!
ITN’s On Demand News (odn) has issued a piece on Africa2Moon.
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Opinion from Jonathan Weltman, Volunteer Project Administrator Africa2Moon, CEO Foundation for Space Development (non-profit)
This is a question I have been asked many, many times since we announced this program and one that we have not, to date, properly answered on our website because, frankly, the answer is subjective.
Does Africa have more immediate concerns?
Yes, absolutely! Ebola in West Africa, Civil uprisings, religious wars, poverty, unemployment, access to basic services, it is, admittedly, a long list.
Does this mean we shouldn’t go to the moon, or attempt other scientific objectives? In my opinion, the opposite. It means that we HAVE TO try to go to the moon and attempt other bold, audacious and memorable projects. Let me tell you why.
I was spurred into writing this post after hearing a seriously bright, well qualified and well respected young man, from a very humble and typical rural African up-bringing, remark on reading negative comments on stories about Africa2Moon:
“HOW DARE THEY”
By that he mean’t how dare anyone tell him what he is and is not allowed to aspire to. How dare anyone, who has not walked in his shoes to get where he has gotten, diminish his achievements by telling him there are more important priorities.
This needed validation, so here I am giving it!
Aid, in the form of food, medicine, doctors, peacekeepers may heal the wound of today, or at least stop the bleeding, but it won’t cure the problem once and for all.
To do that we need a long term sustainable solution. That solution is education & skills retention.
When asked this question in interviews I say that Africa has two imperatives. The now & the future.
Africa2Moon is all about the future (which makes it no less important!).
The future starts today. It must start with inspiration which, in turn, will lead to education which, then, leads to opportunity which finally results in economic empowerment of an educated population.
It must be noted here that inspiration and education are worthless, for Africa, if the opportunity and economic empowerment take place away from Africa. That’s where the skill retention comes in. Currently at least 18 million African University graduates have emigrated off the continent. 1 in 9 graduates, at the minimum, leave the continent. That is too many.
I don’t blame them though. There are just not enough exciting projects in Africa to assuage personal ambitions. Not enough “world class” work being done. Projects like the Square Kilometer Array and hopefully Africa2Moon can change that for those involved in the Space Sciences and not only retain their skills but attract some of the leading minds in their fields for collaboration and knowledge transfer.
Thus inspiring the next generation and creating a sustained chain reaction of education and empowerment until one day we stand shoulder to shoulder with our neighboring continents to the point where asking if Africa can afford to do exploratory science would be as absurd (and condescending) as asking if North America or Europe could afford to do it.
So, to encapsulate my opinion, let me quote my fathers advice when once I was young.
“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life!”
The Foundation for Space Development played an active role in the recent Space & Astronomy Discovery Day, sponsored by the British High Commission, held at the Cape Town Science Centre on the 25 October 2014.
CEO, Jonathan Weltman, went along and did 2 presentations (one on the 10 most exciting things he thinks are happening in Space right now and one on future Space Careers) and a Q&A Donut session!
Other participants included the SKA & SAASTA and the day was very successful with several hundred kids of all ages coming through to learn about Space & Astronomy.