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Newsletter -No051, 6/March/ 2009

1. Call for Participation, SAFE (Space Applications For Environment) Prototype Activity

2. Main Elements of Kazakhstan's Space Development by Dr. T. Mussabayev, Chairman of the Kazakh Space Agency (Kazcosmos)

3. Bangladesh Participates in IYA-2009 Opening Ceremony in Paris

4. 445th Birth Anniversary of Galileo Galilei Celebrated in Bangladesh

5. Watching the Earth Breathe From Space “Successful Launch of IBUKI (GOSAT) ”

6. [[Event Information - March - May 2009]]

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1. Call for Participation, SAFE (Space Applications For Environment)
Prototype Activity
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SAFE (Space Applications For Environment) is a voluntary-based initiative in the Asia-Pacific region. It aims to encourage environmental monitoring on a long-term scale to grasp environmental changes and to mitigate global warming hazards by using space applications especially for remote sensing technology. SAFE was officially endorsed at the 15th Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-15), held in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.

As an advocator of SAFE, JAXA has announced a call for participation.
This announcement aims to distribute a draft of SAFE Implementation Plan (IP) and ask the APRSAF members to join in SAFE's prototype activities. And in the upcoming first workshop of SAFE, both IP and new prototype proposals will be reviewed on the SAFE website.

Announcement by JAXA (PDF):
http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/SAFE/TOP/pdf/SAFE_CFP_090227.pdf
SAFE Implementation Plan (PDF):
http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/SAFE/TOP/pdf/SAFE_IP_090226.pdf
SAFE Website: http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/SAFE/index.html

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2. Main Elements of Kazakhstan's Space Development
by Dr. T. Mussabayev, Chairman of the Kazakh Space Agency (Kazcosmos)
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Implementation of space activities by countries in the Asian-Pacific region is one of the major factors for assuring the world's sustainable development. As an Asian country, the Republic of Kazakhstan is actively developing its space activities. A guiding line of this development of the Republic of Kazakhstan is the “Strategy for Industrial-Innovative Development of Kazakhstan,” scheduled to run till 2015. Our country has also stated the aim of having Kazakhstan become one of the top 50 competitive countries of the world. Realizing these aims will be possible only because of scientific-technical and innovative progress, in which the important role belongs to scientific and hi-tech space activities.

Full text of the article:
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_80.php

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3. Bangladesh Participates in IYA-2009 Opening Ceremony in Paris
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On January 15-16, the opening ceremony of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA-2009) was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Delegates from about 136 countries, different organizations, government officials, diplomats, scientists, Nobel laureates, astronauts and notable persons around the world attended the ceremony. A two-member delegation from Bangladesh participated in this opening ceremony.
The main theme of this IYA2009 celebration is “The Universe: Yours to Discover” which covers the visions and goals to aim for, to have the general public take an interest in astronomy and introduce people to planets, stars and other celestial objects through various programs of sky observation around the world.

Full text of the article:
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_78.php

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4. 445th Birth Anniversary of Galileo Galilei Celebrated in Bangladesh
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On February 15, 2009 the 445th anniversary of the birth of eminent astronomer and father of modern science, Galileo Galilei, was celebrated in Bangladesh. On an initiative of the Bangladesh Astronomical Society, the National Museum of Science and Technology, Bangladesh (NMST), organized a day-long program including a seminar, exhibition, and video presentation in its auditorium.

Full text of the article:
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_79.php

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5. Watching the Earth Breathe From Space ~ Successful Launch of IBUKI
(GOSAT) ~
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The Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite “IBUKI” (GOSAT) was launched successfully by the Japanese H-IIA Launch Vehicle, Flight No. 15 (H-IIA F15), at 12:54 p.m. on January 23, 2009 (Japan Standard Time, JST). IBUKI is a collaborative project among JAXA, the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) to observe the distribution of global greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide and methane) from space. IBUKI is the world's first satellite dedicated to measuring greenhouse gases. IBUKI means “breath” in Japanese.

Full text of the article:
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_81.php

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6. [[Event Information - March - May 2009]]
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*Mar 20-21
iGeomap 2009 Urban Infrastructure and GIS
Bangalore, India
http://www.igeomap.org

*Mar 25-27
First Session of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction
Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.unescap.org/icstd/cdrr/2009/

*May 13-14
7th Annual Mekong Flood Forum
Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.mrcmekong.org/MRC_news/7th-annual-mekong-flood-forum.htm

*May 20-22
Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event
Shanghai, China
http://www.urban-remote-sensing-2009.org.cn/

*May 21-22
GEOSS Sensor Web Workshop
Ibaraki, Japan
http://www.opengeospatial.org/event/090521_geoss

*May 25-29
EOGC2009 (the Second International Conference on Earth Observation for Global Changes)
Chengdu, China
http://www.eogc2009.com.cn/


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