Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program blasts off at UniSA

The Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SHSSP) officially opened at the University of South Australia on 14 January 2019, bringing together 45 participants from 13 countries. Now in its 8th year, the prestigious program is conducted by UniSA in partnership with ISU.

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ISU and UniSA Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program - Follow Us

We are excited to announce that the International Space University will be continuing the traditional Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program blog!

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ISU Representatives Awarded World Famous Legion of Honor

France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honor, or "Legion d'Honneur", was recently awarded to two representatives of ISU for their outstanding and many years of service:

  • Alain Wagner, MSS98 and ISU Trustee
  • Walter Peeters, President Emeritus of ISU
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30th Space Studies Program Kicks Off in Cork Ireland

Dr. Omar Hatamleh SSP director, kicked off the International Space University’s (ISU) 30th Space Studies Program (SSP17) in Cork, Ireland - hosted by the Cork Institute of Technology, CIT.

In true ISU tradition, the participants, this year 112 from 26 countries, entered the Cork City Hall, in country groups carrying their national flags while their anthems were played.

Lord Tony Fitzgerald, the Lord Mayor of the city of Cork and the Irish Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan were there to welcome the participants.

Representatives from ISU: President Prof. Walter Peeters, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Christian Sallaberger and SSP Director Dr. Omar Hatamleh together with representatives from CIT: President Dr. Brendan Murphy, and Dr. Niall Smith and Elizabeth Twomey from the Local Organising Committee addressed the audience.

Irish musician Jack Lukeman had the entire audience sing an angelic song about the blue sunset on Mars and Prodijic blew everyone away with modern, traditional Irish dancing.  

Ineke Boneschansker, SSP18 Host representative:

"The flag parade gave me goose bump. It wasn’t just a line-up of separate countries, it was a line-up of countries and people collaborating on shared goals and passions. ISU Dr. Christian Sallaberger wrapped it up well when he addressed the participants and said: ‘you’re from 26 countries, but you share the same academic and leadership potential and the same passion for space. The people around you today are your future network of senior people in the worldwide space industry."

Dr. Andrew Aldrin, an alumnus of SSP 2001 then shared a very moving and special message from his father, Dr. Buzz Aldrin – the Chancellor of ISU. Before he did so Dr. Hatamleh showed a short video from the ISU staff sending Buzz warmest best wishes.



ISU President Prof. Walter Peeters delivered again, a serious and entertaining speech dispersed with chuckles from the audience:

”When we made an announcement of opportunities it was a nice surprise to have an offer from CORKAIK, also called Cork. What was very striking is that the coat of arms of Cork reads in Latin: STATIO BENE FIDA CARINIS. Which one could translate nowadays as: A SAFE HEAVEN FOR (SPACE)SHIPS. So where else could we go?”

He then concluded:

”Dear SSP17 participants, enjoy this summer together in this beautiful EIRE and work together, you are the new space generation, so use this summer to prepare for this challenge!”


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Carmen Felix - MSS10 -

"Attending ISU has been, for me, the ultimate eye-opening experience. Attending the Master of Space Studies allowed me to pursue my personal interests with a limit determined only by my imagination."

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"My space flight was the changing point in my whole life. Since my background was mechanical engineering, I did not know much about space, which led me to the International Space University."

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