Friday, May 18, 2018

Do you have a question to an Astronaut? Submit now!

We are pleased to announce that former NASA Astronaut Sandra Magnus will be among us during our collaborative event with Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) during 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.


We have opened a call for ‘Ask an Astronaut’ (http://bit.ly/2ILEpty) which closes on Friday, May 25, 2018. We believe, it will provide an opportunity for Nepali people from Nepal and abroad to ask their question to her. Interested people can create max. 30 second question as a video with their introduction. Selected people will be invited to attend the event.


The program will have an interaction with her, presentations to have an insight of space activities in Nepal and prize distributions to the winners of 1st National Space Art Competition 2017 (class 1-8), 4th National Astronomy Olympiad 2017 (class 11-12) and 2nd Women in Science Award 2018 (WiSA2018) (student and young professional categories) respectively.

Monday, April 30, 2018

IDHSF2018Nepal: A Tribute To The First Human in Space!

To mark the historical day of the first human in space on April 12, 1961, Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) had a week long celebration as ' A Tribute To The First Human In Space' during April 6-13, 2018. On April 12, 1961, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin went to Space and spent 108 minutes around the earth opening a new era of human space exploration.



On 6th of April, an event 'Role of Astronomy and Space Science in Our Society' was conducted at Janaki Secondary Boarding School, Janakpur (Province 2). This event was attended by around 80 students who came to know about the role of astronomy and space science in our society.
Photo: Participants of 'Role of Astronomy and Space Science in Our Society' held at Janaki Secondary School, Janakpur during a group photo.

On 7th of April,  an event 'The Role of AI in Space Exploration' was conducted at Itahari International College,Itahari (Province 1). Mr. Santosh Ghimire presented his talk on AI and its role in exploration. In order to provide an overview of NASO and WIAN by NASO officials.

Photo: Participants during a group photo session after the event 'The Role of AI in Space Exploration' held at Itahari Interrnational College, Itahari.

On 8th of April,  an event 'Space Weather Science and Application' was conducted at Gandaki Boarding School, Pokhara (Province 4). This event was attended by around 10 students who came to know about space weather science and it's application.

Photo: Participants and school authority during the group photo after the event 'Space Weather Science and Application' at Gandaki Boarding School, Pokhara.


On 9th of April, an event 'Satellite Navigation for Socio-Economic Development of Nepal' was conducted at Southwestern State College, Kathmandu (Province 3). Er. Narayan Dhital, our 'GNSS Working Group' lead and AirMeetsSpace Engineer at DLR, Germany presented his talk to the audience. Click here to access the talk.

Photo: Participants during a Q/A session of an event 'Satellite Navigation for Socio-Economic Development of Nepal' at Southwestern State College, Basundhara, Kathmandu.

On 10th of April, a webinar on the topic Connecting the planet from the Space Coast to the Himalayas was held between Ryan L. Kobrick, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Spaceflight Operations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona, FL, USA and chairman of Yuri's Night (www.yurisnight.net) and Mr. Suresh Bhattarai, chairman at Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) to inform the students about the possibilities of space science in Nepal. Click here to watch the webinar.



On 11th of April, an event 'A new Era of Exoplanetary Science: Is there an Earth 2.0?' was held in the premise of Southwestern State College,Kathmandu. During this event a webinar was held with Dr Suman Satyal and students to inform about the exoplanetary science. Click here to watch the talk.


Photo: Participants discussing their questions to Dr. Suman Satyal during an event 'A new Era of Exoplanetary Science: Is there an Earth 2.0?' held at Southwestern State College, Basundhara, Kathmandu.

On 12th of April, a wenibar on 'Terrnaut Nepal: An Opportunity to train like a Yuri Gagarin'  was held in order to give more insights on Terranaut Nepal. Bishal Manandhar, CEO/Founder at Srothe Code and Suresh Bhattarai, Chairman at NASO discussed on how 'Cosmo Run Space Dash' mobile game (online) can be promoted among Nepali so that they can be a apart of this historic program in Nepal. Click here to watch the webinar.



On 13th of April,  an event 'Importance of Autonomous System in Our Daily Life' was held in Shubh Sanskar English Boarding School, Bhairahawa (Province 5). This event helped student to know the importance of autonomous system in our daily life and space too.


Photo: Participants during an event 'Importance of Autonomous System in Our Daily Life' held at Shubh Sanskar English Boarding School, Bhairahawa.

Besides these events, we also had an interaction as a radio talk show via Bishaya Prabesh in Image Channel News FM 103.6 MHz. RJ Kamal Rana  and NASO chairman Suresh Bhattarai talked about different aspects of space science and status of activities in Nepal. Chick here to listen the full interview. 


We would like to express our sincere thanks to Sano Sansar Youth Hostel Pvt. Ltd.-Kathmandu, Janaki Secondary School-Janakpur, Ithari International College-Itahari, Southwestern State College-Basundhara, Gandaki Boarding School-Pokhara, Shubh Sanskar English Boarding School-Bhairahawa, Yuri's Night and IAU Office of Astronomy for Development for their supports to our celebration. We would also like to thank Natraj Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd. for joining us as our travel partner. 

Moreover, those of you who showed their active participations in all these events are our motivation for better event/celebration in 2019 AD! 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

World DNA Day 2018 Celebration in Nepal

On the occaisson of the World DNA Day, Biotechnology Society of Nepal (BSN) organised a two day Conference cum Exhibition during April 24-25, 2018 at Nepal Academy of Science And Technology (NAST), Khumaltar, Lalitpur. We had an opportunity to be one of the supporters of the celebration. We had one invited talk and  solar observation session for the organizers, exhibitors, participants and visitors during April 24-25, 2018.

Photo: Prof. Dr. Jibraj Pokhrel, Vice-Chancellor at Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) observing the sun during Solar Observation session at World DNA Day Celebration 2018.

The invited talk/presentation was given by Mr. Suresh Bhattarai, Chairman at Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) on the topic "The Role of Biotechnology in Human Space Exploration" which was hugely appericiated and liked by the participants, distinguished guests and senior professionals presented in the conference. Solar Observation session was available at the premises of NAST.



The conference had four thematic sessions: Plant and Agriculture BioscienceMedical and Pharmaceutical Bioscience, Environmental Bioscience and Food and Industry Bioscience. During the sessions university students and young professionals shared their respective works with the participants.

The celebration was formally concluded on 25th of April with a Prizes, token of love and certificate distributions by Prof. Dr. Jibraj Pokhrel, Vice-Chancellor and Dr. Buddhi Ratna Khadge, Secretary at Nepal Academy of Science and Technolgy (NAST).