|Ethiopian Space Science Society |
Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS) said it is finalizing the construction of its Space and Astronomical observatory center launched with over 50 million Birr on the Entoto Hills located roughly 20 km from the heart of Addis Ababa.
Speaking at a panel discussion organized in connection with the opening of the society's fourth branch in Hawassa University ESSS Board Chairperson Tefera Walwa said construction of the center including installation of two telescopes will be completed until next September.
Tefera said it will significantly contribute towards growth of science and technology.
Members of the society as well as investors, scholars and volunteers covered the cost for construction of the center, he said.
Upon completion the center will immediately start its function as the first space science center in Ethiopia.
The ESSS has objectives of building a society with a highly developed scientific culture and to enable Ethiopia to reap the benefits accruing from space science and technology.
In doing so ESSS focuses in popularizing space science and astronomy in the country and, attract and develop as many young professionals as possible by providing access to basic astronomy and space science education, laying down infrastructure for establishment of research centers and observatories and making collaboration and links with local and international bodies working in the field.
The society has carried out various activities to achieve its objectives including opening of new branches in Bahirdar, Gondar and Addis Ababa.
The number of members of the society has now increased in thousands from 47 alone when the society was established in 2004.
Physics department head with the university, Fekadu Gashaw on his part said the newly opened branch will help to increase accessibility and expand space science and technology. (ENA)