Africa’s Space Programs and Africa's Journey to Space
Africa's journey to space is a part of economic growth since without science and math a nation is not truly industrialized.
Math and science are important for the transformation of Africa.
|Dr. Sandile Malinga South African National Space Agency CEO|
Kenya is part of an African space science alliance that is currently in the running to build the world’s largest radio telescope. Square Kilometer Array, SKA, telescope would span eight African countries, collecting observatory data in East Africa from South Africa to Mauritius.
Ethiopia’s Entoto observatory consists of two $3 million dollar telescopes situated on the approximant 10,170 feet or 3,100 meter high Mount Entoto.
Entoto Observatory is the only modern astronomical observatory not only in the history of Ethiopia but also in the entire region.
|Ethiopia’s Entoto observatory|
Our main priority is to inspire the young generation to be involved in science and technology.
To build a society with a highly developed scientific culture that enables Ethiopia to reap the benefits accruing from space science and technology.”
|Uhuru blue star Kenyan satellite|
South Africa by far has the largest space program; the South African National Space Agency, SANSA was established in 2010. Dr Sandile Malinga was born in Soweto South Africa, is currently SANSA's CEO.
Professor A. Ogg, at the University of Cape Town, founded the first magnetic observatory in Cape Town in 1841. The goal of launching astronauts into space is a far-reaching goal for Africa’s space programs.
Down to earth matters of natural resource management, weather forecasting, agriculture and national security issues are being researched using Africa’s current satellite technology.
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