On Monday 21st May we held the inaugural Students in Space conference. It was a great success, with attendees of all ages bursting with questions, space quizzes, planetarium shows, and most of all, some incredible entertaining speakers, from a range of fields within the space industry. Check out some photos from the night - we can't wait to see you at the next one!
We were incredibly lucky to have Rocket Lab's avionics manager Naomi Altman speak to us about her journey and what Rocket Lab is all about Dr Stephen Curran from Victoria University taught us all about analysing star-forming hydrogen in the universe Dr Maria Pozza gave a very entertaining talk about the fascinating subject of space law It was fantastic to have around 100 people come along to our very first conference, of what we hope to be many more to come Congratulations to Celine for winning our Kahoot! One of the highlights of our intermission I'm sure.
One of our competition winners with their prize of one of our t-shirts! Antony Gomez made us all feel very small - and yet significant - in his talk about the size of our universe Nick Agar took a philosophical approach to space travel, arguing that we need human storytellers - not just robotic probes - going out into space Our president Amber did a fantastic job of organising and hosting the conference - it's no small task! And finally, another NZSSA exec member Daniel wrapped up our conference with a summary of the present and future of space NZSSA exec member Mason posing in one of the exhibits at Space Place. We were lucky to finish of our conference up at Space Place with a fantastic planetarium show, provided for conference attendees free of charge.