ESSS Celebrated World Space Week 2016

World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week is to be held each year from October 4-10.

Each year, the World Space Week Association (WSWA) selects a theme for the upcoming World Space Week (WSW) to provide a focus of the activities and events that take a place throughout the world, during 4-10 October. The 2016 World Space Week theme is “Remote Sensing: Enabling our Future” is an inward looking theme, which celebrates Earth Observation from Space for the betterment of the human race. It highlights a host of classic Earth Observation missions such as the U.S. Landsat mission, the work of intergovernmental groups such as GEOSS Group on Earth Observations and emphasizes applications such as environment and agriculture monitoring, land use mapping and new uses such as location based services. Last year’s theme, “Discovery” celebrated the exciting discoveries in space, teaching about our origins and our future and resulted in 1900 events in 73 countries.

Ethiopian Space Science Society has been celebrating WSW for the past few years with big enthusiasm and zeal to promote space science applications and create general space awareness in the country. This year also, ESSS organized nationwide events to celebrate WSW2016 from 4- 10 October 2016.

The event included;

  1. World Space Week celebrations in seven different schools in Addis Ababa where student made presentation about space science and different Astronomy topics; engaged in discussion about the benefit of space technologies applications like satellite  technologies with their friends; and finally they take a part in school question and answers programs. The following are the schools that participated in the WSW celebrations series in Addis Ababa.
  • Menelik Secondary and Preparatory School
  • Betelhame Secondary School
  • Abune Goregorious primary and secondary school
  • Nazerite School
  • Cathedral School
  • Future Talent Academy
  • One Planet

WSW celebrations at Abune Goregorious primary and secondary school

WSW celebrations at Abune Goregorious primary and secondary school

WSW celebrations at Bethlehem Secondary school

WSW celebrations at Nazareth School


World Space Week Celebration at AAiT

The second world space week celebration held October 8, 2016 at Addis Abba University Institute of Technology where more than 350 participants attended the celebration. The program started with a welcoming speech by Ato Abinet Ezera ESSS manager and followed by Ms. Beza Tesfaye talk about WSW celebration team and previous celebration history in the society. Afterwards Dr. Tulu Besha Head of Entoto Observatory Earth Observation department made a presentation about satellite applications for development especially the role it will play for Ethiopian development.
The event also included a speech by Mr. Ghislaian De La Sayette from AirBus Defense and Space, about “Space Activities in AirBus”. Following a final presentation was made by Zemichael a student at Abune Goregoriose about “Cloud Seeding Using Satellite”.

TV Question and Answers Program


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