Scientists from NASA and ESA in Kujawsko - Pomorskie

From 30 September to 6 Oktober 2015 an international group of 20 scientists working on Planck satellite project visited Kujawsko - Pomorskie Voivodeship. Their stay in the region was organized within the framework of the Astronomy Forum supported by Marshal’s Office in cooperation with Jagiellonian College in Toruń and European Centre of Youth Cooperation.

Planck satellite project is currently the largest joint project of NASA and European Space Agency. Groups of scientists involved in the project take regular working meetings. To our region, scientists came from the U.S., Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Norway, Iran, Russia, Estonia, Portugal, Great Britain, South Korea. Among the guests, among others, there were Graca Rocha (Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA in Pasadena) managing the entire and Krzysztof Górski from Jet Propulsion Laboratory who managed the work during  meeting in Torun and Yashar Akrami (University of Haidelberg)

The program of stay in Kujawsko - Pomorskie included astronomy workshop and meetings with scientists, visiting the Nicolaus Copernicus house, Cathedral of Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist in Torun and Museum of Torun Gingerbread.  An important part of the stay were visits in  Astrobase in Unisław,  meeting with astronaut Miroslaw Hermaszewski and a trip to the Village Karbówko.

The visits of NASA scientists and in Kujawsko-Pomorskie is the beginning of mutual cooperation in the area of popularization of astronomy and implementation of joint educational projects. We hope that established relationships will soon translate directly into greater opportunities for astronomy education in the region and enable to achieve the goal of making the Kujawsko-Pomorskie the heart of Polish astronomy.

Photo: Andrzej Goinski

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