“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.