BGU Launches World Space Week in Israel
October 5, 2018
Jerusalem Post – Ben-Gurion University opened World Space Week in Israel this week with a series of events that captured the interest of spaceniks.
The 19th annual United Nations initiative dedicated to space included participation from 50 countries this year, with multiple locations hosting events within each country. Israel’s events are being held free of charge and hosted by the Israel Space Agency, as part of the Science and Technology Ministry.
“The public is invited to participate in lectures, workshops, escape rooms, virtual reality, and films that reveal the various aspects of space and the impact it has on our lives,” according to the Science and Technology Ministry.
Space Week’s first day took place in Beer-Sheva on October 4, kicking off with an event in the Old City, which included a discussion on genetic code and possible future uses of DNA. At BGU, Dr. Amnon Yosef gave a lecture on physics in medicine and travel to Mars at the Ilan Ramon Physics Center. A film was screened on campus about space travel and technology.
Later events were held in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa, including a discussion about the pitfalls of space travel, a space yoga workout, storytelling sessions detailing the history of mankind’s path to space, an interaction with the first Israeli to have an asteroid named after him, and more.