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 2 – Langebaan Lagoon

 Langebaan Lagoon was formed by the rising and falling of sea levels during pre-historic times. Unlike most lagoons which form at a point where fresh water rivers enter the sea, Langebaan Lagoon is purely a salt water lagoon. It extends in a finger of water away from Saldanha Bay, its 16 Km’s controlled by tidal currents, tailing off into salt marshes and a cluster of salt pans, rich with water bird life. Saldaha Bay is home to West Coast Fossil Park, and the most prolific source of late tertiary vertebrate fossils in the world.

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SANSA hosts VERSIM and Radiation Belt symposia in Hermanus

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The IAGA/URSI* VERSIM working group promotes the exchange of ideas, information and experience between researchers world-wide through the study of ELF (300 Hz - 3 kHz) and VLF (3-30 kHz) radio waves in the magnetosphere and ionosphere.

The RadBelt working group resulted from the international workshops of the radiation belt sciences community held since 1994 to foster discussion on the observations, theory and modelling of radiation belts and their plasma populations and processes.

* International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) and International Union of Radio Science (URSI)

Space science, specifically Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) and Very Low Frequency (VLF) radio waves in the magnetosphere and ionosphere, as well as space plasma and radiation belt phenomena, were topics of dynamic discourse recently between representatives from two international space science working groups at the 7th biennial VERSIM and Radiation Belt (RadBelt) Symposia in Hermanus. SANSA was selected to host the event, for the first time in Africa, from 19 - 24 September this year.

The synergy between VERSIM and radiation belt science led the organisers of both symposiums to attach several days of radiation belt discussions to the VERSIM meeting in Hermanus. 

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