World Space Week is a global celebration of humanity's achievements in space, with various events held around the world between 4 – 10 October.

The theme of World Space Week 2019 is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars”. The theme is devoted to our nearest space neighbour to celebrate the incredible achievement of landing on the Moon 50 years ago.

To mark this occasion, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in Hermanus is celebrating the 15th anniversary of their Science Centre with the unveiling of new exhibits.

Also there to enjoy the opportunity to travel through space and ‘to touch the stars’, were primary school learners from Mount Pleasant, Lukhanyo and Zwelihle.

In his keynote address, Overstrand Executive Mayor, Dudley Coetzee, expressed his gratitude to SANSA – in particular Dr McKinnell and her team – for their efforts over the past 15 years to help create a knowledge‐based economy in South Africa by engaging our youth in science by means of such fantastic interactive space science exhibits as the one we are about to enjoy.

“Your contribution towards inspiring Overstrand’s learners to excel in science, technology and mathematics and to find innovative ways to overcome our environmental challenges is much appreciated,” he added.