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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Nicholas Yee ISU MSS17 Welcomes Thomas Pesquet during his Internship

Nicholas Yee an International Space University (ISU) Master of Space Studies Program (MSS17) participant reports back from the European Space Agency (ESA) European Astronaut Centre (EAC).

“I am interning in the Space Medicine Office of the ESA European Astronaut Centre.  Dr. Sergi Vaquer Araujo, an ESA Flight Surgeon, supervises my projects.  I am developing a medical database used for health care provision and real-time mission support.  In addition, I am researching the acute and chronic physiological effects of elevated inspired carbon dioxide.  Both projects play a key part in improving existing infrastructure and knowledge. Its importance makes my internship fast-paced and rewarding.

Since I arrived in Cologne, it has been non-stop excitement.  Within the first month, ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet returned from a six-month mission.  The interns and I attended his welcome party at 3 am on a Saturday; I have never felt so much energy.  From work to leisure, it has been a great experience.  I’ve had the privilege to learn from Biomedical Engineers, Exercise Specialists, and Flight Surgeons – the iconic figures that keep astronauts healthy.  Coming from a background in space physiology research, it is interesting to work in operational space medicine.  

My internship is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I hope to have again.”


"My life can be clearly divided between before and after ISU. ISU was a breaking point that created a world of possibilities in front of me."

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."

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