Islamabad: Institute Of Space Technology (IST) launched a three day activity based program to celebrate World Space Week at its campus at Islamabad from 7th to 9th October 2015, with a view to generate space awareness among the general public and students from a large number of schools and colleges of the twin cities and surrounding areas.
The World Space Week began with an impressively elegant opening ceremony on Wednesday. Chairman Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani graced the occasion as chief guest. Dr. Najam Abbas, Deputy Director Institute of Space Technology welcomed the participants and briefed the audience about the significance and scope of WSW 2015. Registrar IST Engr. Ishaat Saboor was also present on the occasion.
World Space Week (WSW) is celebrated in accordance with the United Nation’s General Assembly’s declaration of 1999.
The theme of WSW for the year 2015 is “Discovery”. World Space Week 2015 highlights the great era of deep space discovery that we are in. We have never learnt as much of the universe we live in as in the last decade. Space telescopes, deep space probes and several interplanetary satellites and landers have shown us the magic, wonders and opportunities of new worlds. Exoplanets, galaxies far away and close by and landings on planets, moons, asteroids and comets teach us about where we humans have come from and where we will go in the future. Space is all about Discovery!
Organisers told INP that about 90 different schools and colleges from the vicinity of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are participating in the World Space Week 2015.
Day 1 of the WSW 2015 witnessed over 1500 student participants and visitors who enthusiastically participated in 60 different completions and keenly observed the exhibits and displayed models. The event will continue till 9th of October 2015 culminating many inspiring space oriented events.
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