Space Studies Colloquium--de Leon
John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
Contact: Karen Ryba/Phone: 701-777-4761
January 31, 2007
Space Studies Colloquium Series
â€œSouth America Space Programs and Development
of Satellite Pehuensat-1'
(Grand Forks, North Dakota): Pablo de Leon, Research Associate with the Department of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota (UND), will be the featured speaker for the first of the Space Studies Colloquium Series this semester. The presentation will be held on Monday, February 5 at 5:00 p.m. in the Clifford Hall Auditorium, Room 210.
The presentation is free and open to the public. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.
About the Presentation: At the same time that the U.S. and the Soviet Union started their space programs, several countries in South America were also willing to enter the space race to a lesser degree. In the 1960s, Argentina started launching its own sounding rockets. In the 1970s, Brazil did the same. Today, despite the economic setbacks common to the region, several countries in South America have their space projects with advanced high altitude rockets, several satellites in orbit and strong research and development programs. Cooperation between the countries of the region and international partners is also very important and reaffirms the peaceful purposes of the space research in South America.
A sample case of the non-governmental educational satellite Pehuensat-1 will be presented.
About Space Studies: The Department of Space Studies offers a program leading to a Master of Science degree. This interdisciplinary program studies the conditions and implications of humankind's entry into space: including the political, legal, technical, scientific, economic, and historical impacts on a national and international level. Designed to prepare the student for positions in the commercial and governmental sectors of the rapidly growing field of space exploration and development, the Space Studies M.S. is offered on campus and over the Internet. The Department of Space Studies is consistently innovative in the delivery of education services, and is now planning for the creation of a Ph.D. program offered on campus and at a distance. Students with a variety of professional backgrounds from all over the world participate in our program.
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