Galaxy Forums 2015

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Galaxy Forum New York 2015 — Scarsdale

Friday 4 December @ Little Theatre, Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale Public Schools

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ILOA hosts the community of Scarsdale High School students, teachers, administrators and alums in the 1960, 1961 and 1962 Classes — at the 5th annual Galaxy Forum SHS.

The program features a New Horizons / Pluto System Special Presentation by Dr. Kimberly Ennico Smith. The mission is shedding new light on our understanding of the worlds at the edge of our solar system. Scientists hope to find answers to basic questions about the surface properties, geology, interior makeup and atmospheres on these systems. New Horizons will also visit one or more Kuiper Belt Objects beyond Pluto.

Galaxy Forums have been held in Hawaii, Silicon Valley, Canada, China, India, Southeast Asia, Japan, Europe, Africa, Chile, Brazil, Kansas and New York. Steve Durst organized Galaxy Forum Scarsdale
High School to bring this innovative 21st Century Education to his alma mater, celebrating 50th SHS 1961 Class Reunion with the 1st Galaxy Forum at SHS on September 23, 2011. The 50th SHS 1962 Reunion starting October 5, 2012, continued the Galaxy Forum SHS program with Jeff Hoffman, 5-time Shuttle Astronaut and SHS 1962 alum, sharing his experience repairing the Hubble Space Telescope. Galaxy Forum SHS 2013 featured Dr. Denton Ebel, Curator / Chair of the Dept of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC speaking on Asteroids in Matters of Science, Resources and Security. Galaxy Forum SHS 2014 featured a science talk by Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator on the New Horizons mission.

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Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2015 — Waimea

Thursday 12 November (4-6pm)@ Kahilu Town Hall, Punawaiola Room, Kamuela, Hawaii, USA

The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is initiating, supporting and collaborating with projects around the world to advance human civilization to the Moon for good, and for all.

The bottom line is, Stars are important, we are all Star-stuff!

The program includes:

KEYNOTE: Astronomy from the Moon and Hawai`i: Cultural Perspectives – Kimo Keli`i Ka`aha`aina Pihana, Hawai`i Kupuna and Cultural Practitioner; Author of “Celebrating the Hawaiian Culture”, also serves on the ILOA Board of Directors.

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Kimo travels at the convergence of many streams of understanding and exploration — Science, Education, Culture, Philosophy, Spirituality. He has considered and inspirational perspectives on many topics. Excerpts from “Celebrating the Hawaiian Culture” (Pihana, 2014):

I am just an ordinary native Hawaiian who grew up on O`ahu. I have had a full life as a sailor, a soldier, a refinery worker, a cultural warrior, and a ranger and cultural practitioner on our sacred mountain Mauna Kea. I have done my part, along with many others, as best as we can to advance and honor our culture — not to recreate the old culture, but to use it as a guide, a meditation, as we look forward in the 21st Century.

I am a Native Hawaiian, 100%. The attitudes of society when I was growing up made me feel ashamed to be Hawaiian. Things are somewhat better today. But as Hawaiians, we have been steadily losing our culture for a couple of hundred years. We often talk with our kapuna, our wise elders, seeking answers. But our kapuna are dying rapidly, and don’t have enough answers yet. How do we deal with this?

Imua (move forward) – with humility. Expect you’re going to get criticism, whatever you do. You can get lonely sometimes. And expect the unexpected – you’ve gotta deal with it all. How? Go back to the beginning, within. Are you pure in your heart and soul? Are you spiritually pono – Balanced?

Go to that spiritual fire that is deep inside. Romance that fire. Take time with it. There is a magic that each of us carries. Let it come out.

International Lunar Observatory-1: Making Moon South Pole Astronomy and Communications a Reality – Steve Durst, Founding Director, International Lunar Observatory Association, Editor and Publisher of Space Age Publishing Co.

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International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to expand human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon and to participate in internationally cooperative lunar base build-out, with Aloha – the spirit of Hawai`i.

Pursuing a series of Moon-based observatory missions to complement Earth-based and Space-based astronomy, ILOA seeks to advance Galaxy Imaging for 21st century astronomy education with its ILO-1 primary mission 2-meter radio antenna to Malapert Mt. 86°S 2.7°E near the Moon’s South Pole, with an ILO-X precursor mission aboard a GLXP lander, and with a Human Service Mission to the ILO-1 / robotic village new world frontier.

ILOA is also collaborating with the National Astronomical Observatories – Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope (LUT) at Mare Imbrium 44°N 20°W aboard the China Chang’e-3 Moon Lander, the first spacecraft to land on the Moon in almost 40 years and the only spacecraft operating on the lunar surface. Conducting science-driven and education-based Astronomy from the Moon via LUT is a foundational success of international cooperation on which the ILOA intends to build.

More than 40 years since the Far Ultraviolet Camera / Spectrograph operated on the Descartes Highlands by NASA Apollo 16 Commander and ILOA Board of Director Emeritus John Young in April 1972, ILOA is drawing together resources from across the planet to reclaim the cosmic revolution of Humanity as a Multi World Species.

The 7th Edition of ILOA’s stellar “Galaxy Map” is now being distributed to high school teachers and other educators around the world, designed for use in every class, alongside maps of the world and Solar System.

Astronomy from the Moon with LUT and ILO-1; Applying Hawaii Astrophysics Leadership to 21st Century Frontiers – R. Pierre Martin, Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Director of the UH Hilo Hoku Ke’a Observatory, also serves on the ILOA Hawaii Lunar Astronomy Team

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Our Universe is home to at least 100 billion galaxies, vast agglomerations of stars, gas and dark matter. Today, astronomers around the world study galaxies using a variety of facilities, including ground-based and space telescopes. The Moon’s surface is another promising location to conduct these astronomical observations. In this presentation I will examine the potential of the lunar surface as a site to study galaxies, as first demonstrated during the Apollo 16 missions in 1972. I will then discuss recent observations of the spiral galaxy M101 that were conducted with the Chang’e-3 Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope (LUT), currently operating on the Moon’s surface. I will conclude with how these early results show the Moon’s full potential as a platform to perform galaxy studies in the near future.

Mauna Kea, Ancestral Connections – Pua Case, Hawaiian Cultural Resource, Kumu, Educator

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Moonrise Through Mauna Kea’s Shadow (Image Credit: Michael Connelley, U. Hawaii)

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Excerpts from Letter by Pua Case, “Stand with us to help save Hawai’i’s most sacred mountain, Mauna Kea” Published on Jan 18, 2014 (For the Love of the Mountain)

Aloha mai kakou,

If you would just take a moment to pause from your busy day and think about the most
sacred place that you are connected to, the place that brings you peace and accepts your prayers, very likely the place where your grandparents and their parents once prayed, the place you would safeguard with all of your might, with all that you are and all that you have. If you said the holy name of that place out loud, would it be the name of a church or a temple or chapel you hold dear? Say it, utter its name out loud as I do….my church, my temple, my mountain, Mauna a Wakea, Mauna Kea.

Yes, it is I, an educator, a cultural practitioner, a chanter, a dancer, a teacher, a mother, a petitioner. I have come forward to speak of this mountain, this place I hold dear, this place I sing of and sing to because it is sacred. As a Hawaiian raised in Waimea on Hawai’i Island, raised by my elders, I know intimately of the relationship our kupuna had with the land and the natural elements in what they did and what they knew. I still sing those songs and say those prayers as I place my hands upon the earth or hold them to the heavens. Our ancestors never destroyed to advance, never constructed in a manner that would irreparably harm their island home or its inhabitants. They were a people who protected the balance, the alignment, the interdependence, and the energy in all things. They knew on the deepest of levels how connected all was and is still, not just to here, but to everywhere and everything. In us, that memory still lives. […]

The Future of Mauna Kea Rests in the Hands of Hawaii’s People – Doug Simons, Director, (TBC) or representative Mary Beth Laychak, Outreach Program Manager, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

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The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) is a joint non-profit facility of the National Research Council of Canada, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of France, and the University of Hawaii dedicated to the exploration of the Universe through observation. Its telescope is located on the summit ridge of Mauna Kea, at 4,200 meters on the Island of Hawaii and CFHT headquarters are in Waimea-Kamuela.

The telescope, with its 3.6-m diameter mirror, became operational in 1979. Once one of the largest telescopes in the world, CFHT, in spite of its age and nowadays modest size, remains at the forefront of astronomy thanks to the quality of its site, its state-of-the-art instrumentation, the quality of the services offered to its users, and the dedication of its staff.

CFHT’s main users are scientists from Canada, France, and Hawaii. Collaborative agreements also offer access to the telescope by the astronomical communities of Taiwan, Brazil, and China. Access is granted following a competitive process based on the scientific quality of the proposals and their adequacy to the telescope.

This is a crucial time for Hawaii. It is crucial for all of us who live in and love Hawaii to sit together and find common ground through face to face, eye to eye, dialog. It is up to us to define a long term future for Maunakea that honors its important cultural history, provides a platform for building a stronger cultural future, protects its environment, and strengthens Hawaii’s stature as the preeminent spot in the world for observing the universe.

– Doug Simons, Hilton Lewis; August 12, 2015

Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A – Moderated by Sherry Bracken, LAVA 105.3 fm and KKOA 107.7 fm (Mahalo Multi-Media); Island Issues

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The Panel Discussion is about coming together to share knowledge and hopes for the future, most specifically the prospect of a new frontier — Astronomy from the Moon, and its benefits for Hawaii. A primary goal is to provide a forum for community members to come together to consider the future of Hawaii in the truly global, soon to be Multi World, endeavor of seeking knowledge among the Stars, and applying this knowledge to the continual evolution of human cultures and capabilities. The bottom line is, Stars are important, we are all Star-stuff.

Sherry Bracken has been with LAVA 105.3 and KKOA 107.7 since they first went on air in 2004. She writes, hosts, and produces the thrice daily event update Community Corner and the weekly interview program Island Issues. Sherry has interviewed more than 500 guests who impact Hawai’i Island—elected officials, scientists, police, drug addicts, members of nonprofit organizations, and more. She also moderates candidate forums and MCs events all around the island. She was the Hawai’i Island reporter for Hawai’i Public Radio for ten years. She moved from San Francisco to Hawai’i Island in 1994. Sherry was named to the Hawai’i Island Women’s Hall of Fame and has been recognized by the Hawai’i State Senate and Rotary Mauka Kona for community service.

FREE Public Event — RSVP info@iloa.org or 808-885-3474

International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to expand human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon and to participate in internationally cooperative lunar base build-out, with Aloha – the spirit of Hawai`i. The ILOA co-sponsors with its Space Age Publishing Company affiliate an international series of Galaxy Forums to advance 21st Century Education. Galaxy Forums, designed to provide greater global awareness, capabilities and action in Galaxy science, exploration and enterprise, are held in Hawaii, Silicon Valley, Canada, China, India, Japan, Europe, Africa, Chile, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Kansas and New York. Current plans are for expansion to Antarctica and beyond.
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Galaxy Forum Canada 2015 — Vancouver

Saturday, 26 September 2015 (9am – 1pm) @ Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC, Vancouver, Canada

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International Lunar Observatory-1: Making Moon South Pole Astronomy and Communications a Reality – Steve Durst, Founding Director, International Lunar Observatory Association, Editor and Publisher of Space Age Publishing Co.

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ILO-1 Moon South Pole: A new frontier as exciting and enriching as Humans on Mars or trillion dollar asteroids, and much closer in space and time.

Pursuing a series of Moon-based observatory missions to complement Earth-based and Space-based astronomy, ILOA seeks to advance Galaxy Imaging for 21st century astronomy education with its ILO-1 primary mission 2-meter radio antenna to Malapert Mt. 86°S 2.7°E near the Moon’s South Pole, with an ILO-X precursor mission aboard a GLXP lander, and with a Human Service Mission to the ILO-1 / robotic village new world frontier.

ILOA is also collaborating with the National Astronomical Observatories – Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope (LUT) at Mare Imbrium 44°N 20°W aboard the China Chang’e-3 Moon Lander, the first spacecraft to land on the Moon in almost 40 years and the only spacecraft operating on the lunar surface. Conducting science-driven and education-based Astronomy from the Moon via LUT is a foundational success of international cooperation on which the ILOA intends to build.

More than 40 years since the Far Ultraviolet Camera / Spectrograph operated on the Descartes Highlands by NASA Apollo 16 Commander and ILOA Board of Director Emeritus John Young in April 1972, ILOA is drawing together resources from across the planet to reclaim the cosmic revolution of Humanity as a Multi World Species.

The 7th Edition of ILOA’s stellar “Galaxy Map” is now being distributed to high school teachers and other educators around the world, designed for use in every class with maps of the world and Solar System.

Large optical telescopes on the Moon – Paul Hickson, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of British Columbia.

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The Moon offers some unique advantages for future very-large optical telescopes. The airless environment, slow lunar rotation and precession would enable a zenith-pointing telescope, located near one of the lunar poles, to survey a large region of sky and study the epoch of galaxy formation. I will present results from a recent NASA/CSA study that considered the feasibility of lunar liquid-mirror telescopes having apertures in the 20 to 100 metre range.

Measuring the radio signatures of the early Universe – Mark Halpern, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UBC:

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I will describe efforts here on Earth to use custom-designed radio observatories to measure the history of accelerated expansion of the Universe in order to improve our understanding of dark energy and to measure the signature of the reionization when the Universe first made stars.

Both of these experiments are severely limited by man-made radio interference and would be more sensitive if carried out on the moon, but both of them require football stadium sized telescopes, so building them on the moon would be a very serious challenge.

Astronomy From The Moon and Other Ways to Excite the Public About the Universe – Howard Trottier, Professor, Department of Physics, Simon Fraser University

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Archeoastronomy and Cultural Importance of the Moon (Title TBC) – Eldon Yellowhorn, PhD, Assoc. Professor, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University

My research interests in archaeology include palaeoIndian research, communal hunting and northern plains archaeology and archaeoastronomy. I have a strong interest in traditional knowledge and I look for its meaning and significance to better understand the archaeological record. I contend that traditional knowledge has much to offer archaeology as a method for identifying archaeological sites and for interpreting sites that lack artifacts. I see traditional knowledge as a system of knowing about the environment and I investigate it within the context of ethnoscience.

Topic TBC – Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Chief Information Officer, Canadian Space Society,

Canadian Space Asset Map Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D.

The Canadian Space Society (CSS) is a national non-profit organization made up of professionals and enthusiasts pursuing the human exploration and development of the Solar System and beyond. Its principal objective is to stimulate the Canadian space industry through its technical and outreach projects and promote the involvement of Canadians in the development of space.

With many of Canada’s top space professionals on board, the CSS is made up of people of all backgrounds and interests, including teachers, environmentalists, writers, and marketers. Our principal objective is to sponsor and promote the involvement of Canadians in the development of space.

 

FREE Public Event — RSVP info@iloa.org or 808-885-3474

International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to expand human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon and to participate in internationally cooperative lunar base build-out, with Aloha – the spirit of Hawai`i. The ILOA co-sponsors with its Space Age Publishing Company affiliate an international series of Galaxy Forums to advance 21st Century Education. Galaxy Forums, designed to provide greater global awareness, capabilities and action in Galaxy science, exploration and enterprise, are held in Hawaii, Silicon Valley, Canada, China, India, Japan, Europe, Africa, Chile, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Kansas and New York. Current plans are for expansion to Antarctica and beyond.

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Galaxy Forum China 2015 — Beijing

Wednesday, 9 September 2015 (2-5pm) @ NAOC, Beijing, China

Theme — Astronomy From The Moon: Further Establishing the New Frontier

The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA), with the goal of advancing Galaxy 21st Century Education in every class, is organizing Galaxy Forum China 2015 – Astronomy From The Moon, on Wednesday 9 September 2015 at the multifunction hall at the Headquarters of the National Astronomical Observatories – Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC), in Beijing, China.

Below are some of the highlights from the program, which will be focused on providing inspiration and resources for education, exploration and enterprise to a public audience including Beijing’s leading high school science and humanities teachers. — Please contact ILOA for Participant Registration or Media Badge information (info@iloa.org / 1-808-885-3474 / China Mobile 86-136-2106-9047)

 

wei Prof. Jianyan Wei Astronomer, LUT and SVOM Principal Investigator, NAOC

 

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ILOA: Independent International Moon Missions for Science and Education Cooperation and Commercial Cis-lunar Enterprise Development

The ILOA, pursuing a series of Moon-based observatory missions to complement Earth-based and Space-based astronomy, seeks to advance Galaxy Imaging for 21st century astronomy and education with its ILO-1 flagship 2-meter radio antenna mission to Malapert Mountain 86ºS 2.7ºE near the Moon’s South Pole – as well as with the ILO-X precursor mission aboard a GLXP lander, and a Human Service Mission to the ILO-1 / robotic village new world frontier.

ILOA now collaborates with the NAOC Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope at Mare Imbrium 44°N 20°W aboard the China Chang’e-3 Moon Lander, conducting operational Astronomy / Galaxy observations from the Moon, and intends to build on the pioneering successes of this project.

More than 40 years since the Far Ultraviolet Camera / Spectrograph operated on the Descartes Highlands by NASA Apollo 16 Commander and ILOA Director Emeritus John Young in April 1972, ILOA is drawing together resources from across the planet to reclaim humanity’s place as a multi world species.

ILOA sponsors the Galaxy Forum program around the world to advance 21st century science and education and to identify and secure support for ILOA mission realization.

Details of the Event:

Title Galaxy Forum China 2015 – Beijing: Astronomy from the Moon
Date/Time Wednesday, 9 September 2015 / 2:00pm – 5:00pm with break
Location NAOC Multi-Function Hall, A20 Datun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Presenters Jianyan Wei, NAOCLUT Findings and Performance

R. Pierre Martin, Univ. of Hawaii-HiloExploring Galaxies… From The Moon

Steve Durst, ILOA / Space Age Publishing21st Century Education, Exploration & Enterprise

TBD, ILOA on behalf of Dr. Christian Sallaberger, Canadensys Aerospace Corp.,ILO-1 / Canadensys Moon South Pole Observatory

TBD NAOC LUT Team

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Participants
  • The event is free and open to the general public but Registration is required in advance via email to <info@iloa.org> or phone call to +1-808-885-3474
  • Intended Audience: local high school educators, scientists and astronomers of all kinds, forward-looking business people and entrepreneurs, as well as members of the General Public interested in Space / Moon / Galaxy / Science / Technology / Engineering / Communications / Mathematics
Media
  • Media Briefing: ~3:20pm-3:45pm — in separate meeting room adjacent to the main hall. Representatives of ILOA and other participating Organizations / Institutions / Individuals will be available to field questions from, and provide handouts to, accredited media representatives.
  • Interview appointments with presenters will be available upon request.
  • Video and Photography will be allowed, accept if otherwise instructed

International Lunar Observatory Association ILOA is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to expand human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon and to participate in internationally cooperative lunar base build-out, with Aloha – the spirit of Hawai`i. It sponsors, with affiliate Space Age Publishing Co., an education and outreach program known as Galaxy Forums. These are public events with presentations, panel discussions and attendee participation. Efforts are made to integrate local cultures, perspectives, and traditional knowledge. Galaxy Forums have been held in Hawaii, Silicon Valley, Canada, China, India, Southeast Asia, Japan, Europe, Africa, Chile, Brazil, Kansas and New York.

Thank you — Aloha!

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Galaxy Forum Kansas 2015 – Hutchinson

Saturday 29 August 2015 (1-3pm) @ The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

The theme for Galaxy Forum Kansas this year is “PLUTO — Getting to Know You”. This is the 6th straight Galaxy Forum in Hutchinson, a program that has engaged hundreds of local teachers and accelerated the development of the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation. Founded in 2001 and an affiliate of the Kansas Space Grant Consortium since 2003, AAK Foundation is an information resource focusing on high-tech and space research in the state of Kansas with a mission to advance the Kansas State Motto, “Ad Astra Per Aspera” for the benefit of Kansas, America and the World.

The program is embedded below.

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PowerPoint presentations and photos from the event should be available soon…
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Galaxy Forum USA 2015

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Friday 3 July 2015 (9am – 12 noon) @ Consulate Room at Embassy Suites, Santa Clara, CA, USA

The theme for Galaxy Forum USA this year is “NewHorizons@Pluto, Juno@Jupiter, Apollo@50 and SpaceAge/SPC@40”

Apollo@50 — Human Exploration of the Solar System in the 21st Century — Dr. Chris McKay, NASA

Juno@Jupiter — Steven M. Levin, Ph.D., Juno Project Scientist, NASA – JPL

NewHorizons@Pluto — New Horizons Encounters Pluto July 14 — PI Alan Stern, Recorded Presentation from Galaxy Forum New York City

SpaceAge/SPC@40 — Space Age Publishing Company — 40 Years and Beyond

FREE Public Event — RSVP news@spaceagepub.com or 650-324-3705
info@iloa.org or 808-885-3474

International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to expand human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon and to participate in internationally cooperative lunar base build-out, with Aloha – the spirit of Hawai`i. The ILOA co-sponsors with its Space Age Publishing Company affiliate an international series of Galaxy Forums to advance 21st Century Education. Galaxy Forums, designed to provide greater global awareness, capabilities and action in Galaxy science, exploration and enterprise, are held in Hawaii, Silicon Valley, Canada, China, India, Japan, Europe, Africa, Chile, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Kansas and New York. Current plans are for expansion to Antarctica and beyond.
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Galaxy Forum Southeast Asia — Thailand 2015

Tuesday 24 February 2015 (9:30am-12:30pm) @ Science Centre for Education, Bangkok Planetarium, Bangkok, Thailand

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The 4th Regional Galaxy Forum Southeast Asia is taking place at the Science Centre for Education at the Bangkok Planetarium in collaboration between ILOA, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) and Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA).

Thailand is a leader in the region for Astronomy and Satellite Technology.

NARIT is a national research organization for astronomy in Thailand enabling the development of a collaborative research network both regionally and globally, and aiming at developing and strengthening knowledge in astronomy at an international level. They also ally with public and private observatories and other institutions around the World to pursue excellence in scientific research, education and public outreach.

Mr. Suranun Supawannakit, Science Centre for Education — Welcome Address

Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, NARIT — Opening Address

Steve Durst, ILOA and Space Age Publishing Co. — Galaxy Education, Exploration and Enterprise

Dr. Fairos, ANGKASA, Malaysia — Space Science and Technology in Malaysia

Dr. Anond Sanitwong, GISTDA — Space Science and Technology in Thailand

(TBD) Science Centre for Education — Astronomy Outreach at Science Centre for Education

Saran Poschyachinda, NARIT — Solar System Photography

Jaturong Sakhonnachat Sri Nakarintaravirot Prasarnmitr, NARIT — Exploring the Moon

Thagoon Kerdkaew, Royal Thai Airforce — Investigation of Near Earth Objects and Space Debris

International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to expand human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon and to participate in internationally cooperative lunar base build-out, with Aloha – the spirit of Hawai`i. The ILOA co-sponsors with its Space Age Publishing Company affiliate an international series of Galaxy Forums to advance 21st Century Education. Galaxy Forums, designed to provide greater global awareness, capabilities and action in Galaxy science, exploration and enterprise, are held in Hawaii, Silicon Valley, Canada, China, India, Japan, Europe, Africa, Chile, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Kansas and New York. Current plans are for expansion to Antarctica and beyond.
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Galaxy Forum Southeast Asia — Indonesia 2015

Saturday 21 February 2015 (9am-1pm) @ LAPAN Branch Office, Bandung, Indonesia

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The 3rd Regional Galaxy Forum Southeast Asia is taking place at the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) branch office in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. In addition to ILOA, the event is co-organized by the Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB). Faculty of the Department of Astronomy at ITB have been a key factor in the development of the regional SEA Galaxy Forum program.

Indonesia, the world’s 4th most populous country, is building 21st Century capabilities and investing in the future of Astronomy and Astronautics to the immediate benefit of students in every class across the archipelago. Scientists at the Bosscha Observatory, ITB and others, continue with plans to construct a 2.5-m class telescope and a 1-m radio telescope at Mount Timau or Mount Rinjani.

LAPAN is planning to complete work on a Space Port and Launch Center at Morotai Island by 2025. This complex is to act as the test site and future operational base of the LAPAN experimental satellite launcher. Last year the Rocket Technology Center conducted a successful static test of the RX 320 booster generating thrust of up to 4.9 tons. This is one of two rockets that will form the building blocks of the 4 stage orbital satellite rocket Roket Pengorbit Satelit (RPS) that is currently in development.

Introductions and welcome — ILOA and Dr. Chatief Kunjaya, ITB

Feature Presenters / Topic:

Prof. Thomas Djamaluddin, Head of LAPAN, Indonesia — Indonesia Space Activities and Ambitions

Steve Durst, ILOA and Space Age Publishing Co., Hawaii, USA — Galaxy 21st Century Education, Exploration & Enterprise

Mahasena Putra and the National Observatory Planning Team — National Observatory of Indonesia: A Proposal (Astronomy and Related Sciences)

Dr. Sabirin bin Abdullah, Space Science Centre, ANGKASA, Malaysia — Malaysia Advancements in Space Science and Exploration

There is also a group Panel Discussion that includes all of the presenters, other delegates from related organizations, and audience participation. The theme is

21st Century Opportunities for SEA On the Frontier of Space Exploration and Research

*Lunch starting at 1pm for all participants Generously Sponsored by LAPAN

International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to expand human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon and to participate in internationally cooperative lunar base build-out, with Aloha – the spirit of Hawai`i. The ILOA co-sponsors with its Space Age Publishing Company affiliate an international series of Galaxy Forums to advance 21st Century Education. Galaxy Forums, designed to provide greater global awareness, capabilities and action in Galaxy science, exploration and enterprise, are held in Hawaii, Silicon Valley, Canada, China, India, Japan, Europe, Africa, Chile, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Kansas and New York. Current plans are for expansion to Antarctica and beyond.

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