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Presentation of “Space Physics” textbook at Eugenides Foundation 

On Monday, May 20th, the presentation of the “Space Physics” textbook, organized by the Eugenides Foundation and the Hellenic Space Center, took place. The event, called “Beyond the Limits of Our Planet: The Exciting World of Space”, was attended by the former Rector of the UOA, Professor Emeritus, Dimosthenis Asimakopoulos, the Professors of the UOA Physics Department, Despina Hadjidimitriou and Elena Flokas, the Professor of the UOA Pedagogy and Primary Education Department, Alexandros-Stamatios Antoniou, the Professor Emeritus of the UOA Physics Department, Kanaris Tsiganos, as well as students and other attendees.  

The book presentation was followed by an extensive discussion with the audience. The event was recorded and is available through the Diavlos platform

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Presentation of “Space Physics” academic textbook 

The Eugenides Foundation and the Hellenic Space Center are organizing the presentation of the first academic textbook on Space Physics in Greek, titled “Space Physics”. The book will be presented by Dr. Stamatis Krimizis, President of the Academy of Athens. Talks will be given by the authors of the book: 

  • Prof. Ioannis A. Daglis, President of the Hellenic Space Center 
  • Dr. Christos Katsavrias, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics, UOA 
  • Dr. Nick Sergis, CEO of the Hellenic Space Center 
  • Dr. Marina Georgiou, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics, UOA 

The event, entitled “Beyond the Limits of Our Planet: The Exciting World of Space”, will take place on Monday, May 20th, at 19:00, at the Eugenides Foundation. A discussion with the audience will follow. Entry is free and as long as there are free spots available. The event will be broadcasted live through the Diavlos platform.

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HSC-NASA meeting during WHF’s “Making Space for Life” 

On Tuesday, May 14th, the President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, met with NASA Associate Administrator of the Science Mission Directorate (SMD), Dr Nicola Fox. The meeting was also attended by: 

  • Dr Nick Sergis, HSC CEO 
  • Dr Stamatis Krimigis, President of the Academy of Athens 
  • Dr Anezina Solomonidou, HSC Officer for Space Exploration 
  • Mr. Gib Kirkham, Director of Science Division, NASA Office of International and Interagency Relations 

The meeting took place within the framework of “Making Space for Life”, an initiative co-organized by the World Human Forum and the Hellenic Space Center in Delos, Greece. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest were discussed, such as the Memorandum of Understanding between the HSC and NASA, the priorities of the SMD and the HSC, the GLOBE Program, and the Artemis Accords.  

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Visit of Thales delegation at the HSC 

On Monday, May 13th, a delegation of Thales visited the premises of the Hellenic Space Center. The President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, the CEO, Dr Nick Sergis, and the HSC Science Officer for Space Systems, Dimitris Mylonas, welcomed the representatives of the Thales Group (Hellas, Cyprus, Italy, France), which consisted of: 

  • Lucie Metenier – Sales Manager, Thales Alenia Space – France 
  • Tiziano Costa – Program Manager, Thales Alenia Space – Italy 
  • Dimitra Zavali – Business Development Manager – Thales Hellas 

in order to discuss matters of common interest and to explore cooperation possibilities.  

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The new project of the HSC for “Cloud Computing and Geoinformation System Service” has been contracted

“Cloud Computing and Geoinformation System Service”, the 3rd subproject of the Hellenic Space Center’s Project “Earth Observation Satellite Mission Planning Service”, which was included in the Recovery and Resilience Fund (MIS code TA 5201107), has been contracted to the association of companies “GET-EOfarm”. More information can be found in the official Press Release.

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BLS/AED training for the HSC personnel by the Hellenic Red Cross  

On Friday, April 26th, the training program “Basic Life Support and Automated External Defibrillator (BLS/AED)” took place at the premises of the Hellenic Space Center. The training was carried out by Ms. Christina Chondrou, from the Training Department of the Samaritans, Rescuers and Lifeguards Sector of the Hellenic Red Cross

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HSC-HNDGS Memorandum 

On Tuesday, April 23rd, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Hellenic Space Center (HSC) and the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (HNDGS). The purpose of the Memorandum is to set the framework for cooperation between the two entities in the field of Space, with the aim of serving national needs in which Space has the primary role. Furthermore, the Memorandum aims at maximizing the rewarding participation of our country in European programs and European, allied and international Space organizations. 

The signing ceremony, which was held at the Ministry of National Defence, was attended by the President of the HSC, Prof. I. Daglis, the CEO, Dr N. Sergis, Rear Admiral K. Vlachos, Commander of the 3rd Branch, Brigadier General E. Panou, Director of the Space Directorate, and Captain I. Bolanis, Deputy Director of the Space Directorate. 

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Visit of the HSC President to Georgia Tech

During his recent visit to Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology) in Atlanta, USA, the President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, met with the following faculty members: 

  • Glenn Lightsey, Center for Space Technology And Research 
  • Dimitrios Psaltis, School of Physics  
  • Feryal Ozel, School of Physics
  • Panagiotis Tsiotras, Daniel Guggenheim, School of Aerospace Engineering  
  • Morris Cohen, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

During the meetings issues of mutual scientific, technological and operational interest were discussed. 

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HSC Workshop at the Athens Science Festival 

The Hellenic Space Center successfully participated in this year’s Athens Science Festival, organizing a workshop for children, called “Astronaut Academy”. On Wednesday, April 17th, the Outreach and Education Team of the HSC held the workshop twice, covering 2 hours, with the participation of a total of 70 students from High Schools of Athens and their accompanying teachers.  

The organization and execution team consisted of:   

  • Moutsouroufi Konstantina (HSC President Secretariat and Governing Board Secretariat, Science Communication) 
  • Nasi Afroditi (HSC Communications Office)   
  • Farmakakis Tryfon (HSC Scientific Personnel, Space Systems) 

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The HSC at the Athens Science Festival 

The Hellenic Space Center participates in the year’s Athens Science Festival, which will be hosted in the Technopolis of the City of Athens, between April 16 and 21.  

The Outreach and Education Team of the HSC organizes a workshop for children, called “Astronaut Academy”, which will be held on Wednesday, April 17th, at 11:00-11:45 and 12:00-12:45, in the INNOVATHENS facility.  

Workshop description:  

Children will learn in an interactive way about the peculiarities and difficulties of the daily life of astronauts as they hover above Earth in a spacecraft. At the same time, they learn about the purpose and operation of the International Space Station, but also become astronauts for a while as they are confronted with a real orienteering challenge. Finally, they take part in a fun quiz, completing their training!  

A ticket purchase is required for entering the Festival, through the more.com platform.  

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