To infinity and beyond

Space-bound cooperation between Namibia and China

27 August 2019 | Education

Elizabeth Joseph

Namibia and China continue to partner in space science and technology.

With partnership and support between the Peoples’ Republic of China and Namibia, the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) hosted the first Chinese female astronaut, Liu Yang, and the record-holder of the longest stay (33 days) in space amongst Chinese astronauts, Chen Dong, on 22 August.

A partnership that was signed in the year 2000 by the late Theo Ben-Gurirab is being nurtured every year through initiatives that the Chinese and Namibian governments undertake together.

Space science and technology plays a huge role in Namibia and Nust thus offers resources that can help students broaden their understanding of space.

“It is no surprise that our university is hosting this event, because we have had a keen interest in space science and technology, so it just made sense,” a Nust official said.

Chen said he sees Namibia as an old friend and not a new acquaintance.

“I can see the curiosity and longing from the students for a career in space technology and that of being an astronaut,” he said.

Liu mentioned that she never stopped working toward her dreams.

“It is hard work, but it is worth it. I hope to start working in our space station as soon as it is ready,” she added.

The space station is set to become a reality and the Chinese government wants to start as soon as 2020.

Presently, Namibia and the Peoples’ Republic of China work hand-in-hand in the science and technology fields, as Namibia hosts China’s telemetry, tracking and command station that tracks the re-entry of Chinese-manned space vehicles.

Similar News

 

Book fair grows reading culture

3 days ago - 12 September 2019 | Education

The fourth Namibia Book Fair, hosted at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) last Friday, saw exhibitors from across the country showcase their...

Hoërskole vra mekaar vas

5 days ago - 10 September 2019 | Education

Evany Van WykMeer as 716 leerling van 179 skole het vanjaar aan die Bank of Namibia (BoN) se vasvrakompetisie deelgeneem.Die doelwit van die tweejaarlikse kompetisie...

Ooskola naavali taya tamanana omolwa oompango dhoskola

1 week ago - 06 September 2019 | Education

Omuvali gwomOvenduka okwa pula uuministeli welongo opo wu tale moompango dhooskola ndhoka tadhi indile aanona ya ye kooskola nomafufu gwoAfro. Okwa popi kutya...

Schools, parents clash over hairstyles

1 week ago - 05 September 2019 | Education

JEMIMA BEUKES A Windhoek school parent has called on the education ministry to look into school rules which prohibit children to...

Encouraging young readers

1 week ago - 03 September 2019 | Education

Ester Kamati The One Child, One Book nationwide reading campaign aims to engage the country in hope of developing a reading culture for individual betterment...

A woman of vision

2 weeks ago - 30 August 2019 | Education

Evany van Wyk Namutenya Hamwaalwa believes in always putting your home and family first, and your country second. This simply means that in everything...

Devoted to animals

2 weeks ago - 30 August 2019 | Education

Mariselle StofbergAnatole France once said that until one has truly loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. Hanna Rhodin has unequivocally unlocked...

Bullies have free rein at private schools

2 weeks ago - 28 August 2019 | Education

CATHERINE SASMANThe ministry of education, arts and culture has been accused of having done nothing to make a statutory code of conduct applicable to private...

Disability and possibility

2 weeks ago - 27 August 2019 | Education

Justicia Shipena Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at age two and given only five years to live, Edward Ndopu has become a bonfire of...

Buzzing with language

2 weeks ago - 27 August 2019 | Education

Mariselle StofbergLanguage is a central part of communicating and helps one to express your opinions, hopes, dreams and aspirations. Sanlam, in collaboration with the University...

Latest News

Great risk, great reward

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Business

Evany van Wyk In only three years, Braam Vermeulen and his two other founding partners...

Once bitten, twice shy

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Economics

The Government Institutions Pension Fund says it cannot guarantee the success of its unlisted investment scheme but has taken precautions to ensure that it does...

Rape: No means no

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Crime

Police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga yesterday underlined a woman's right to say no and urged Namibians to band together to end the epidemic of violence by...

Perseverance and a good attitude...

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Business

Evany van Wyk Growing up in the small town of Rehoboth, Chantell Engelbrecht longs for the times she used to play street soccer with her...

Fear is not a factor

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Business

Michelline Nawatises Primus Shaapopi was born at Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region. For 17 years, he was raised as a Catholic by his grandmother at...

Self-motivation and teamwork

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Business

Mariselle StofbergEvery new challenge can translate into a learning experience, which helps Natalia Simon gain deeper knowledge of my profession.Simon has never allowed the challenges...

Adding value to the equation

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Business

Evany van Wyk Born and raised in Oranjemund in the //Karas Region, Marisol Basson attended high school in South Africa. She decided to study marketing...

SOEs a burden - Jooste

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Government

Public enterprises minister Leon Jooste says state-owned enterprises in Namibia, with the exception of a few, have failed to optimally deliver on their mandates.“In some...

Let's talk about sex

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Opinion

Teen pregnancy in Namibia remains a rising concern. The high teen pregnancy rate has also resulted in many girls dropping out of school to stay...

Load More