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Newsletter -No.054, 22/May/ 2009

1. Abdul Jabbar Astronomy Workshop Starts in Dhaka, Bangladesh

2. Snow Leopard Update from Dr. Tom McCarthy: Update of Pakistan Project and Introduction of New Project in Mongolia

3. Report on Current Operational Status of Small Satellite "KUKAI"

4. Report on Current Status of Small Satellite "Kagayaki"

5. [[Event Information - June - July 2009]]

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1. Abdul Jabbar Astronomy Workshop Starts in Dhaka, Bangladesh
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On April 26, 2009 a workshop on astronomy started at the Jamil Sarwar Trust Auditorium in Dhaka. It was arranged by the "Celebration Committee of International Year of Astronomy 2009, Bangladesh," which has taken this initiative to introduce real astronomy and space science to young learners and provide them with an opportunity to practice it in this arena.

Full text of the article: http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_88.php

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2. Snow Leopard Update from Dr. Tom McCarthy: Update of Pakistan Project and Introduction of New Project in Mongolia
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The Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) was established in 1981. The SLT research projects using GPS collars were initiated in 2006 to support the conservation of the snow leopard in Asia. It uses GPS collars to locate and study the home range and movement corridors of snow leopards. Dr. Tom McCarthy, "Managing Director of Field Programs" of the SLT, and his team members post updates on their activities on the APRSAF website."
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_90.php

Previous Activities of Snow Leopard Trust:
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2007/feature_03.php
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2007/feature_19.php
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2007/feature_25.php

Snow Leopard Trust
www.snowleopard.org

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3. Report on Current Operational Status of Small Satellite "KUKAI"
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Dr. Masahiro Nohmi, Associate Professor at Kagawa University, Japan, reported on the current operational status of his university's small satellite, KUKAI, which was launched by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle with the Japanese Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT) and five other piggyback satellites on January 23, 2009. KUKAI aims to implement space experiments to technologically verify a tethered space robot and to promote the popularization of space technology in the local region, as well as educate people about it, and improve their comprehension of it, throughout the development of a practical system for space.

Full text of the article: http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_89.php

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4. Report on Current Status of Small Satellite "Kagayaki"
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Mr. Hiroshi Saegusa, project manager of the small satellite Kagayaki at Sorun Corp., reports on the current status of Kagayaki. Kagayaki was launched as one of six piggyback satellites with the Japanese Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT) by H-IIA Launch Vehicle on January 23, 2009 from the Tanegashima Space Center. The main mission of Kagayaki is to connect the dreams of children who have intractable diseases or are disabled, and the dreams of their families, with space.

Full text of the article: http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_91.php

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5. [[Event Information - June - July 2009]]
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*June 7-11
Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission
Beijing, China
http://www.fao.org/forestry/33587/en/

*June 29 - 30
Applications of Geo-informatics for Mongolian Natural Resource and
Environment
Ulaanbaatar , Mongolia
http://www.spacegeneration.org/node/2384

*June 29 - July2
GEOG-AN-MOD 09
Yongin, Korea
http://www.lisut.org/workshop/GEOG-AN-MOD09/

*July 5 - 12
27th International Space Technology and Science (ISTS)
Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
http://www.ists.or.jp/

*July 24 - 26
Health GIS 2009
Hyderabad, India
http://e-geoinfo.net/healthgis2009/


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