Pakistan celebrates World Space Week 2017 with the biggest event in IST Islamabad
All the stargazers, space lovers and those fascinated by the planets, had a remarkable day in Islamabad where the World Space Week 2017 is being celebrated this week from 4 – 10 October.
Pakistan is actively participating in World Space Week 2017 which is being marked in 86 countries all over the world.
In Islamabad, thousands of students from over 100 different schools and colleges from Islamabad and Rawalpindi are participating in 221 different space-themed events and activities of World Space Week 2017 at Institute of Space Technology.
The four-day World Space Week 2017 activities in Pakistan kicked off at Institute of Space Technology (IST) campus in Islamabad. The event is being organized by IST in collaboration with the National Space Agency of Pakistan (SUPARCO).
Mr. Qaiser Anees Khurram HI(M), Chairman of SUPARCO was the chief guest at the event. Sharing the developments of Pakistan’s national space agency, Mr. Khurram said, “Pakistan will launch 2 new satellites, including its first remote sensing satellite in 2018.”
Speaking at the inaugural event, Mr. Khurram inspired the youth by informing them about the potential of space science. He encouraged the students to take interest in the field of space science while briefing them about the benefits of space technology.
Sharing the benefits of space technology, he said: “The advancement of space technologies plays a vital role in wide-ranging sectors such as communication, agriculture, disaster management, medicine, weather forecast, and countless other areas.”
World Space Week is organized every year at IST to educate young generation about space science and technology because these technologies are improving our lives every day, said Imran Rahman, Vice Chancellor at Institute of Space Technology. He added that “IST is offering state-of-the-art learning facilities to 1600 students in the field of aerospace engineering and astronautics.”
“IST offers state-of-the-art training facilities, hands-on experience, and merit-based admission to more than 1600 students. IST is tremendously contributing to country’s space program” Mr. Rahman told Islamabad Scene.
“We also facilitate forensic analysis which helps local airlines save millions. IST is Pakistan’s only University to have built and launched a Cubesat satellite, iCUBE-1, which was launched in 2013.
The theme for WSW 2017 is “Exploring New Worlds in Space”. This year’s theme will enable the debates surrounding where we explore next, be it on Moon, Mars or even beyond, to inspire event organizers to set up exciting space exploration events at schools, universities, science centers, planetaria, astronomy clubs, companies, and even museums, Mr. Rahman informed.
Activities at World Space Week 2017
The events and activities of WSW 2017 included Space Quiz, Space Innovation, Shooting The Night Sky, Space Birthday Party, Live Space Telescope, Navigating Google Earth, Space Image Interpretation, Colonizing Space, Geo Caching, Pin Hole Camera Design, Space Environmental Solutions, Air crash Investigations, Space Junk Design, Space Olympics Design, Space Documentation, Space Creative Essay & Story Writing, Aero Modeling, Glider making, Water Rocket, Space Model Competition, Space Fine Arts, Painting, Sketching, Calligraphy and Graffiti, Space Characters, Space Videography and Photography, Space Souvenir Designing, Spacesuit Designing, Mathematical Hunt, Space Cinema, Space Simulations, Space Theatre, Space Story Telling, Space Entrepreneurship, Space Commercialization, Space Awareness and Space Character Parade.
A participating student, Ali Abdul Rehman, is eager to explore other planets, especially Mars. “I have made the model of Mars rover to explain how rovers help explore Mars” the 8-year-old Rehman explained. “One day, I will go to Mars and other planets to see if there’s life beyond planet Earth.”
World Space Week
World Space Week is an annual event that is observed from 4 October to 10 October 2017 all across the world. World Space Week was established by the United Nations in 1999 to celebrate ‘the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition’.
Throughout the world, space events are being held to celebrate, educate and inspire the children and the general public about Space and its benefits to humankind.