Moon Landing 50 in Ethiopia
25 July 2019
Moon Landing 50 Celebrations at the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology Auditorium, Ethiopia. Credit: Ethiopian Space Science Society, Mekbeb Tamrat
The Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute and the Ethiopian Space Science Society celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first man landing on the moon with a variety of activities. This landmark IAU100 event was incorporated in their outreach activities in June and July.
12 and 13 July were celebrated by the institute and the society with press releases, informative activities posted on the internet, and other means of disseminating information. The institute issued a press release to radio stations with city-wide coverage about the July 16th partial lunar eclipse.
The event was celebrated in Addis Ababa Institute of Technology Auditorium with invited guest speakers and an audience of more than 200 people, most of which were students, children, amateur astronomers and fans of space travel. The event 4 talks on lunar science, exploration, comparison of moons in the solar system and space resource utilisation from the perspective of the moon. A sun gazing event was also included. The audience also had free opportunity to ask questions about the material presented and a discussion session was provided for children and young adults to approach the presenters and ask questions. The event had media coverage from national and regional media agencies. Regional branches of the society also celebrated the event with different activities involving members and the society at large. The events made national news, and the international celebration was also presented as a news item on 21 July.