The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) was established in 2010. Following a period of rapid growth and transition the agency has made significant advancements towards addressing its mandate of deriving greater value from space science and technology for the benefit of South African society.


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Natural Wonders of South Africa 3 – Paarl Rock

SPOT-6 satellite image of Paarl Rock acquired 2015-04-26. The two domes observed were formed about 600 million years ago, embedded in a mass of rock that gradually eroded away, leaving the tops of the boulders exposed. One hundred and fifty million years later, the surface was covered over by sedimentary rock. Gradual weathering led to the two rounded boulders being exposed. The natural phenomena today distinguishes the town of Paarl at the foot of the mountain.

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Nolo (Lehlogonolo) is a grade 11 learner at St. Marys DSG (Pretoria) school who approached SANSA to complete her requirement of a “Work Experience Day”.


SANSA pursues multiple opportunities to expose as many young South Africans to the growing local space science and technology arena in the country. The outreach teams from the various SANSA programmatic areas came together to explain to Nolo, the work the Agency does in the specialised area of space, both locally and abroad.


On Nolo’s arrival, she was given a tour of the Space Operations facility. She then had an opportunity to engage with various staff members and learnt about maintenance and signals and even got a demonstration on the oscilloscopes after being exposed to information on the other exciting careers available across the Agency disciplines.


Her information-packed and inspiring day was wrapped up with a few photos and a space agency goodie bag. Nolo is now determined to pursue a career in science and hopefully join the Agency in the future.



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