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SINC 2023 – Day 2 – Review with Alexandra Sokolowski

Good evening from the end of day two of the Space for Island Nations Conference 2023! Today we heard about the opportunities of space from two ministers, both emphasising the untapped chances that space offers for defence and tourism in the Maldives. We listened to two expert panels about capacity building in emerging space nations, as well as special opportunities in equatorial countries, like Maldives. After the break, we went deeper into space, with Dr. Pete Worden of the @Breakthrough Initiatives and the equally inspiring Dr. Harold White of the @Limitless Space Institute under the applicable theme 'from Sand to Stars'. Special thanks to my co-host @Alexandra Sokolowski of the event organising committee for sharing our views on the day from this amazing location!

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SINC 2023 – Day 2 – Interview with Dr Abdulla Mausoom, Minister of Tourism of the Maledives

Tourism is the number one industry in Maldives. At Space for Island Nations Conference 2023 Remco Timmermans spoke with Maldives Minister of Tourism Dr. Abdulla Mausoom, about how space can contribute to the development of sustainable tourism. The use of Earth observation data for spatial planning being a very tangible opportunity, especially for local students and entrepreneurs, possibly with the support of the Maldives Space Research Organisation (MSRO) In his speech, Dr. Mausoom mentioned the equatorial location and favorable weather conditions of Maldives as arguments for space launch initiatives for satellites, but also for space tourism... Of course, he promotes Maldives as a destination for space events, although does this place really need any promotion?

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SINC 2023 – Day 2 – Timmermans morning briefing

Good morning from day two of the Space for Island Nations Conference at Maldives. Today we start by looking at what it takes to develop a space economy in emerging space nations. We will also look at the unique geography of Maldives, zooming into the opportunities offered by the equatorial location of the country. Then after lunch which we will take a sneak peek to the future of deep space exploration, under the theme 'From Sand to Stars', supported by Breakthrough Initiatives director Dr. Pete Worden. Keep following this unique event here at SpaceWatch.Global and on your favourite social media channels! #SINC2023

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SINC 2023 – Day 1 – Timmermans evening recap

We have reached the end of day one of the Space for Island Nations Conference 2023, and what a day it has been! The theme today was the challenges of island nations and solutions from space. We were honoured to learn about these challenges firsthand from carbon-neutral advocate and former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed. The following keynotes and panels highlighted different topics related to these challenges and the solutions that space can provide, like spatial planning, food and water security, disaster preparedness, the climate crisis, and biodiversity. We are looking forward to day two of the conference tomorrow! Keep following our Remco Timmermans here and on your favorite social media channels under the hashtag #SINC2023!

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SINC 2023 – Day 1 – Interview with Mariyam Shizna of NDMA

The MSRO brought the space community to the Maldives to learn about the challenges of island nations and the solutions that space can provide. We talked to Mariyam Shizna, the director of the National Disaster Management Authority of the Maldives, who gave us some unique insights of how space can support her work in disaster risk assessment and recovery on 128 vulnerable, inhabited islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

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The Space Café Podcast #79: Michael Lentz & Mark SubbaRao – NASA’s Creative Wizards, Space Storytelling, and the Art of Communicating Science

In this episode, join Michael Lentz, the Art Director for the Conceptual Image Lab at NASA, and Mark SubbaRao, the lead at NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, as they delve into the art of communicating science and space storytelling. Learn how visualization plays a crucial role in bridging the gap between science and the general public and discover the potential of art and technology to inspire and educate people about space. 

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Register Today for our Space Café “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland” – on 1 June 2023

Over bagels, croissants, coffee and other treats, we will discuss many legal issues arising from everyday space activities. Ruvimbo and Antonino, both leading experts in space law, will also provide their ‘one word’ to describe the wonders of space/space law – a tradition for all guests at the Space Café Law Breakfasts, and help to demystify the sometimes complex and contradictory vested interests involved in space activities and industry.

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