Summer 2016 and Technion City opened its eyes to the stars, hosting the International Space University (ISU), the first ever in the Middle East. Over 100 participants from 24 countries paraded their national flags, many wearing national costumes to initiate an academic festival of lectures, distinguished guests and space innovation.
Technion hosted the 29 th annual Space Studies Program (SSP16) for an intense nine-week graduate level program which offers the participants a unique and comprehensive professional development experience covering all aspects of space programs and enterprises.
Guests included US astronauts Buzz Aldrin (second man on the moon), Jeff Hoffman, and Jessica Meir; Rona Ramon, (widow of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon); Canadian astronomer David Levy, who discovered Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9; and aerospace engineer and science-fiction writer Eric Choi.
Events included a robotics competition, a rocket launch at Kibbutz Gal’ed, and the first SpaceUp Unconference in the Middle East. The energy charged summer even included a ‘Selfie’ of SSP participants at the heart of Technion campus, taken by satellite.
Earthlings formed the letters ISU on the great lawn at the heart of the campus for a selfie from space!