She Space, a first-of-its-kind educational space science project for the development of satellite imaging research applications!
The project began in its first year (2018) with the concept "women and space" and included groups of high school-age female students from southern Israel. This collaborative effort between the Earth and Planetary Image Facility at Ben Gurion University of the Negev and Beit Yatziv, was funded with the initiative and assistance of the Israeli Space Agency within the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology.
The Venus research satellite, which is the result of a collaborative effort between the French and Israeli Space Agencies, launched successfully in August 2017. Satellite image analysis is a central part of information gathering in remote sensing. With the development of new sensors, it is also necessary to develop specifically tailored image processing methods that are uniquely suited to the properties of the sensor. With the successful launch and the excitement and expectation of the first images from Venus, the first year of She Space presented a unique opportunity to combine groundbreaking research with state-of-the-art remote sensing application(s) development. This singular combination of exposure to the Israeli space industry and development of advanced research at the academic level, provided a very fertile environment for the personal growth and empowerment of participants in the first year of the She Space program. In particular, the program specifically emphasized the contributions of women scientists and researchers in space science.
This year (2019), the project has expanded into an international collaboration that will be called, "She Space International."
Together with Germany, the United States, and Brazil, we are embarking on a joint study through which participating students will be exposed to cutting-edge academic research and will utilize imaging and communications collected or provided by the satellites and space agencies of their respective home countries. A limited number of students from each country will be selected to participate together in this international research effort focused on space-based research investigation (e.g., remote sensing technology).
Selected participants will work with advanced global research laboratories including, the Earth and Planetary Image Facility (EPIF) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the DLR School Lab Oberpfaffenhofen in Germany, and the Aerosol Laboratory at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Participating students will investigate real scientific questions by working with advanced laboratory technology and will develop their own experiments using satellite-based research tools (i.e., satellite ground stations and image analysis).
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