FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ISRAEL
Technion Hosts the International Space University (ISU)
In 2016, 47 years after walking on the moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin will be present at Technion to participate in the events of the International Space University’s Space Studies Program. Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, recently joined the International Space University as Chancellor.
The prestigious ISU course, held for the first time in the Middle East, will be attended by Rona Ramon, founder of the Ramon Foundation and widow of the first Israeli astronaut, Col. Ilan Ramon, who died in the Columbia disaster. Israel’s Minister of Science, Technology, and Space Ofir Akunis will also attend.
Events open to the public will include a rocket launching competition, discussions on the latest innovations in space, and a panel discussion on the Columbia space shuttle disaster. “ISU has a longstanding relationship with Israel in general and Technion in particular,” said ISU President Prof. Walter Peeters, “It is therefore a genuine pleasure for ISU to further enhance this relationship and convene the SSP16 session in Haifa. It is evident that there will be considerable interest from other countries to discover more closely the amazing high-tech achievements and cultural richness of the host site.”