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.

How Sir William Hoy’s love for Hermanus made it a town of scientific importance

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Sir William Hoy is probably the most loved icon to have ever set foot in the sleepy seaside town of Hermanus in the Western Cape. His story goes far beyond this little town, with his greatest achievements giving him countless honours during World War I, but this story is how his love for this town made it the ideal place for a science station of global importance.

Hermanus Station - one of the only stations in South Africa with no train tracks. The lack of railways in Hermanus makes it an ideal location for a magnetic observatory.

It all revolves around a train station in Hermanus, a town that has no trains and no railways at all.Born in Scotland in 1868, Sir William Hoy left school at the age of 12, and became a clerk at the North British Railway in Edinburgh. In 1890, he was inspired by a recruiting officer of the Cape Government Railways to apply for work in Cape Town, a place he was already greatly in love with.

March 22 is World Water Day

on . Posted in SANSA Earth Observation News

Today is World Water Day – a day to acknowledge the global water crisis and take action to save water. Communities are called upon to conserve water in order to ensure sustainability.

The World Water Day 2017 is celebrated under the theme "Wastewater: The Untapped Resource". As part of this day's celebrations, we demonstrate the value of earth observation in water resource management.

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