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ISU Space Studies Program 2017 in Cork Ireland from 26 June to 25 August 2017


The 30th edition of the International Space University’s Space Studies Program, SSP17, will be hosted by the Cork Institute of Technology in Cork (CIT), Ireland from 26 June – 25 August 2017.

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of CIT designed the poster for the next SSP session. It contains a wealth of symbolism, as explained by Dr. Niall Smith, Head of Research at the Institute:

The poster for SSP17 follows the story of Ireland’s association with space.  It charts connections between the oldest astronomically-aligned structure, Newgrange, at the bottom of the poster to Ogham symbols from one of the earliest forms of writing and on to quaternions discovered by William Rowan Hamilton in 1843 and still used to this day in satellite navigation. The story continues with Lord Kelvin’s discovery of absolute zero and the galaxy M51 which was first observed in detail when Ireland had the largest telescope in the world for over 50 years at the turn of the 20th century. Around the same time the fundamental unit of electricity was coined “electron” by physicist George Stoney. As we move up the poster we have a representation of pulsars, discovered by Jocelyn Bell-Burnell in 1967. And the spacecraft at the top represents Ireland’s current involvement in space, our intent to expand our activities into the future and the importance of SSP17 as a catalyst to do just that."

And find out more about the island of a thousand welcomes by watching a short video prepared by SSP17 LOC coordinator Ms Elizabeth Carroll Twomey:


No doubt the first SSP in Ireland will allow the participants to discover the Ireland and Space relation in more detail!

Applications for SSP17 are open! Register now!

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