HomeAfrica-NewsCLOCK | SA will help NASA on missions to the moon...

CLOCK | SA will help NASA on missions to the moon and beyond with a ground station in the Karoo


Related stories

Liberia: President Facing Tricky Dilemma in Filling Void at Finance Ministry

Monrovia – When Boimah Kamara submitted his resignation,...

Candidate Filing Begins July 15

The following is a press release from an...

Bar Adds to Condemnation of War and Economic Crimes Courts Process, Says it Was Not Consulted

MONROVIA, Liberia—The leader of Liberia’s powerful National Bar...

A site in the Karoo has been earmarked for the construction of a deep space ground station that will assist NASA in future explorations in outer space.

The SA National Space Agency has partnered with NASA for the project.

The station will be built on Matjiesfontein, which was chosen for its clear skies and lack of precipitation, making it ideal for monitoring outer space.

Members of both agencies visited the site last week for a groundbreaking ceremony.

The station will help NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to land the first woman and person of color on the moon by 2025.

It is one of three stations that will assist NASA in its future trips to the moon and a planned exploration of Mars. Other stations are based in the US and Australia.

READ | Magic and mystery: the incredible never-before-seen images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope

The base will include a three-story high dish and will help monitor and improve coverage in support of NASA’s mission.

Phil Mjwara of the Department of Science and Innovation said, “NASA wouldn’t come to SA if they didn’t feel we have the ability to do the job we want to do.”

We live in a world where fact and fiction blur.

In uncertain times, you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analysis, investigative journalism, featured opinions, and a variety of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter, you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel at any time and if you cancel within 14 days, you will not be billed.


- Never miss a story with notifications

- Gain full access to our premium content

- Browse free from up to 5 devices at once

Latest stories



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here