This fall members of the African Union Commission are scheduled to release their recommendations for an African Space Agency. The feasibility study is chaired by South Africa and includes Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt and Algeria.
For some, a space agency is the likely next step. Since 2010 satellite capacity across the continent has almost tripled, helping to fuel Africa's mobile revolution, according to University of Cincinnati aerospace engineering professor Grant Schaffner.
With so much going on in space exploration, our contributor, Dean Regas, from the Cincinnati Observatory and the PBS series StarGazers, is talking with Dave Eicher, native of Oxford, Ohio and longtime editor of Astronomy magazine.
Dr. Steve Squyres, Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University and Principal Investigator for the Mars Exploration Rover, joins the Cincinnati Observatory’s Dean Regas to discuss Monday’s landing of the Mars Science Lab Curiosity and the ongoing exploration of Mars by three orbiters and the rover Opportunity.