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Outreach & Media

related fields, both non-technical and technical

is" or "just because" can save them up for the

and ranges from policy and law, business and

annual Klokhuis Vragendag at NEMO. Two of

Over the last few months we have published several interesting news stories that were well received in the media. We also organised visits and outreach events.

management and humanities to life sciences,

the questions were "Can you smell in space"

engineering, physical sciences and space

and "Where does Wifi come from". Well, we

applications. SSP participants are high potential

know the answer to those two very well here.

Roy van der Werp (

Let's Gro To The Moon

about 40 scientists from various disciplines.

This year's "Let's Gro" festival, aimed at

Using models, laptops, and taking brains (still

Open day 2018

inspiring people to create an active, innovative,

bloody) from jars.

On Saturday 6 October 2018, more than 500

and sustainable future for the city of Groningen

people visited the ASTRON/JIVE/NOVA Open

and its 'ommelanden'. The festival was from 31

There was also the traditional Vraag Maar Raak

Day during the Science Weekend (Weekend

October to 3 November.

show. Here, a cognitive scientist, biologist,

scientists and engineers in the field of space in their early career from 35 different countries.

This year, over 500 kids submitted questions, and these were all answered by a team of

chemist, physicist and an astronomer had to

van de Wetenschap). One of the many activities included a Moon-

answer 10 questions in 20 minutes. Joeri van

The day was filled with activities around the

walk explaining the why and how of Lunar

Leeuwen tried to answer the most astronomy

theme 'Building the world's largest (radio)

phase and eclipses, Earth's tides, and space

related questions.

telescopes': from an interactive interferometry

travel. This excursion ended at the Waagplein

demo showing how our radio telescopes

next to the City Hall, under a 7m diameter

Kids wrote down questions when entering the

work, a data path illustrating the increasing

Moon created by the British artist Luke Jerram,

theater, these were drawn from a large vat,

amounts of data we have to deal with, coding

see picture. From ASTRON, Albert-Jan Boonstra

and then it was up to the audience to decide

workshops, R&D and Correlator tours, to

had the honour to present our ASTRON Lunar

whether the team had demonstrated and

building mini-SKA dishes and pulsars with kids.

NCLE receiver work, during two general public

explained well enough what they learned. If

excursions on Thursday evening.

they did not make it, they had to dance. If they did, they received high-fives. Given the many

The many activities all showcased the amazing work we do here at ASTRON, JIVE and NOVA.

After explaining celestial dynamics by word and

available props, some questions were doable

by body movement, the group arrived under

(such as: "Why are there tides", explained

Space studies visit

the south pole of the Moon, where they had

above by dancing out an Earth-Sun-Moon

In August, the renowned Space Studies

an awesome view despite the heavy rain. The

system). Others were harder -- the worst one

Programme (SSP) from the International

1969 Apollo 11 landing site was visible a bit

being "Why is there gravity". If Joeri only knew

Space University visited ASTRON/JIVE/NOVA

higher-up at the 'near-side' of the Moon. At

that ... Still they managed, and were paid with

in Dwingeloo. During the visit, participants

this scale, the Chang'e 4 communicaton satellite

a few hundred high-fives.

learned about the institutes, got tours

carrying our NCLE receiver, was hovering nearly

through the facilities, learned about telescope

two hundred metres South in the direction of

engineering, the James Webb Telescope, space

the Herenstraat. The group was able to spot

VLBI and Space Weather, and visited the Low

the Chang'e 4 Lunar Lander area in the Aitken

Frequency Array (LOFAR).

crater, where it hopefully will successfully land after an envisioned launch in November.

The SSP is a nine-week graduate top-level professional development program conducted

Klokhuis Vragendag (Question Day) @ NEMO

by the International Space University (ISU).

Kids with burning questions that want a

The curriculum covers the principal space

different answer than "that's just the way it


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