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Newsletter -No.045, 28/Aug/ 2008

1. Establishment of Department of Space Technology (DST), Lao People's Democratic Republic

2. Celebrating 25 years of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

3. News from Republic of Korea (First Astronaut: After Coming Back from Space)

4. News from People's Republic of Bangladesh (Seminar on 39th Anniversary of the First Landing on the Moon and Partial Solar Eclipse Observed in People's Republic of Bangladesh)

5. Information about APRSAF-15 Poster Contest and Water Rocket Competition

6. Feature Story (Introduction of KKS-1 Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology, Japan/ COMPASS-1 Aachen University of Applied Science, Federal Republic of Germany)

7. [[Event Information - September 2008]]

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1. Establishment of Department of Space Technology (DST), Lao People's Democratic Republic
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The Department of Space Technology (DST) was set up in early April 2008 in the National Authority for Science and Technology (NAST) under the Prime Minister's Office of Lao People's Democratic Republic (LAO PDR). DST will conduct the overall Management and Administration of Space Technology in Lao PDR. DST consists of three divisions: the General Affairs Division; the Space and Terrestrial Affairs Division; and the Service Management Division.

DST website:
http://www.nast.gov.la/Department%20of%20Science%20and%20Technology/Dep_science%20and%20technology.html



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2. Celebrating 25 years of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
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On December 5, 2008, the ICIMOD will mark its 25th anniversary of working for mountains and people in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region.
ICIMOD is celebrating its silver jubilee with a year-long series of events focused on raising awareness of the effects of climate change and the need to enhance the adaptation and resilience of mountain communities.

Full text of the article: http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2008/feature_65.php



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3. News from Republic of Korea (First Astronaut: After Coming Back from Space)
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News from Republic of Korea (Korea) about the latest status on Korea's first astronaut is as follows.

After coming back from the International Space Station in April, Dr. Yi So-yeon, the first Korean astronaut, has had her physical status checked at hospital for a few weeks. Returning to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), she has started her busy schedule as a senior researcher and as the first Korean astronaut.
She now performs research activities and gives public lectures. She reported the results of the 18 experiments she had performed at the ISS on June 12 at KARI. She gives lectures on her experiences in the ISS to the Korean public including students, industries and public officers.
She will contribute to raising public awareness in Korea about the importance of space development and space activities.

Please check the following website for an outline of Dr. Yi So-yeon's recent activities.
http://www.kari.re.kr/english/



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4. News from People's Republic of Bangladesh (Seminar on 39th Anniversary of the First Landing on the Moon and Partial Solar Eclipse Observed in People's Republic of Bangladesh)
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News from People's Republic of Bangladesh (Bangladesh), reported by Mr. Mamun Ahamed Sharif, Office Secretary of the Bangladesh Astronomical Society, is posted on the APRSAF website.

Seminar on 39th Anniversary of the First Landing on the Moon
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2008/feature_63.php
Partial Solar Eclipse Observed in Bangladesh
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2008/feature_64.php



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5. Information about APRSAF-15 Poster Contest and Water Rocket Competition
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Information about APRSAF-15 Poster Contest and Water Rocket Competition is now available on the APRSAF website.

APRSAF-15 Poster Contest Rules
http://www.aprsaf.org/data/aprsaf15_data/APRSAF_Poster_Contest_Rules_Final_.pdf

APRSAF-15 Water Rocket Competition's Event Outline
http://www.aprsaf.org/data/aprsaf15_data/APRSAF_WRE_Outline_Final-Rev3_.pdf



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6. Feature Story (Introduction of KKS-1 Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology, Japan/ COMPASS-1 Aachen University of Applied Science, Federal Republic of Germany)
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Other feature stories are available on the APRSAF website as follows;

“Series 5: Introduction of the Current Status of Small Japanese Satellites Introduction of KKS-1”
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2008/feature_62.php

“Series 2: PSLV Successfully Launched Ten Satellites - COMPASS-1 Aachen University of Applied Science, Federal Republic of Germany”
http://www.aprsaf.org/data/feature/f_061.pdf



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7. [[Event Information - September 2008]]
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*Sep 8 - 11
10th International Symposium on HIGH MOUNTAIN REMOTE SENSING CARTOGRAPHY
Kathmandu, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
http://www.aprsaf.org/data/schedule_data/hmrsc-x_brochure.pdf

*Sep 16-19
United Nations Regional UN-SPIDER Workshop: Building Upon Regional Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response for the Pacific Region
Suva, Republic of the Fiji Islands
http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/unspider/workshops.html

*Sep 22-25
APSCC 2008 Satellite Conference and Exhibition
Jeju, Korea
http://www.apscc.or.kr/event/apscc2008.asp

*Sep 25-26
Regional Multi-Stakeholder Consultation to provide recommendations on the formulation and improved understanding of the MRC Hydropower Programme
Vientiane, Lao PDR
http://www.mrcmekong.org/download/Regional-HP-Consultation-FirstAnnouncement-update11Jul08.pdf

*Sep 26-27
7th Asia GIS conference 2008
Busan, Korea
http://www.asiagis2008.com/

*Sep 29-Oct 2
8th Australian Space Science Conference (ASSC)
Canberra, Australia
http://www.assc.nssa.com.au

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