On 5 December 2018 at 19:16 CET, ISU’s Hydra-1 experiment was launched from Florida onboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for delivery to the International Space Station (ISS). Hydra-1 is a plant synthetic biology experiment.

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The International Space University (ISU) hosted the 6th UNISEC-Global Meeting and a short course of HEPTA-Sat hands-on training at its Central Campus from 19 – 23 November 2018. Rei Kawashima, an ISU SSP and MSS alumnae and ISU MSS19 student Marc Abi Fadel report.

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The time has come to elect your next Alumni representative (rep) to the ISU Board of Trustees. Whether you are interested to become the voice of the alumni community yourself or know someone who you be a great candidate – send us your nomination!

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Two groups of 25 young space professionals have visited the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) in Kourou in late October and early November, as part of the professional development activities offered by the Young ESA association of employees of the European Space Agency.

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Dr. Tejumola Taiwo, ISU resident faculty specialized in space applications, recently attended the Airbus Africa Forum event as a panelist at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse. The event hosted by the Airbus Africa community had representations of more than 150 participants.

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The astronaut selection panel discussion that took recently place at ISU central campus, combined medical doctor, psychologist and astronaut perspectives. International Space University (ISU) MSS19 students Scott Ritter and Fabio Zecca report on this exciting opportunity for engagement and knowledge exchange.

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The International Space University (ISU) appointed Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund to be its new and first female Chancellor. At the end of the term of the present International Space University Chancellor, Dr. Buzz Aldrin, the Board of Trustees decided to assign this important role to Prof. Ehrenfreund, the present vice-chancellor and chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

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The International Space University (ISU) Master of Space Studies class of 2019 (MSS19) participated in the annual Ekiden Race, introduced to ISU by visiting professor Gonglin Sun, himself a keen runner. MSS19 Farnoosh Sheini hangs up her bib and reports.

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Since 1994 a remarkable sculpture can be found in Strasbourg. It is called ‘Woman Walking to the Sky’, from the American sculptor Jonathan Borofsky. On a 25-meter pole a young woman climbs to the sky, under a 63-degree angle.

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A number of people have been very important in the development of the International Space University (ISU). One of them is Prof. R. Oosterlinck, who followed the ISU birth and growth now over 30 years. He gave remarkable contributions.

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