We are totally delighted to introduce the ladies and gentlemen joining us next week at #SocialSpaceWA!

(See full list via Confirmed Attendees)

Activities will take place in the evening of Wednesday, 10 February, and during the full day on Thursday, 11 February (AWST time = GMT +8hr), concurrent with ESA’s official inauguration ceremony for the new 4.5-m acquisition antenna (see: Tracking new missions from down under).

DSA1 Glowing

ESA’s 35 m-diameter dish antenna at New Norcia, Western Australia, glows with reflected laser light in this photo, taken by Dylan O’Donnell, a photographer based in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

Follow any (or all?) of our participants to stay up to date with the programme at the New Norcia monastery and the behind-the-scenes tour at ESA’s deep-space tracking station, 8km outside of the town.

We’ll also post short self-intros from some of the participants during the days between now and next week (have already posted several via @Social4Space and ESA FB – Ed).

Dr John Goldsmith

Dr John Goldsmith

Dr John Goldsmith

We also want to introduce Dr John Goldsmith, an astronomer, astrophysicist, researcher, educator and astrophotographer, who will join #SocialSpaceWA for the keynote presentation on Wednesday evening.(See separate blog post here.)

We’re looking forward to an excellent event!