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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ISU SSP17 Space Humanities Looking Toward the Cosmos

“The International Space University’s Space Studies Program SSP17 Space Humanities (HUM) department embraced their best Irish Indiana Jones for a day at Lough Gur.  Just 21km from Limerick, Lough Gur is an ancient archaeological site teeming with history. 

With records dating back to the Stone Age, we traveled back in time to start our journey at the Great Grange stone circle.  

Known in Celtic Irish, “Lios na Grainsi" translates to “Stones of the Sun.”  The structure roughly stands 47.5m in diameter with 133 stones; this is the largest stone structure in Ireland.  

SSP17 HUM2After the historic introduction to this mysterious area, we headed to the Lough Gur Heritage Centre.  With gorgeous sweeping water views, we entered a world of philosophical concepts.  Presentations from ISU lecturers, Kerrie Dougherty, Samantha Coras, Frank Prendergast, Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides and Kate Harrold ranged from how the local Irish as well as other ancient cultures looked toward the cosmos for inspiration on how to create a closed-loop green community.  Framework like this would be necessary for human life to exist on Mars and the participants created and presented their own ideal habitat system during the workshop.  

We also had a taste of what astronauts call the “Overview Effect,” gaining our own “Orbital Perspective” from right here on Earth.” Reports Tara Foster, ISU SSP17 External Relations Assistant.


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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."

Diego Urbina - MSS09 -

"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."

Soyeon Yi - SSP09 -

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