Ghana – Scientists From All Nations University Ghana And Japanese Collaborators Has Launched Ghana’s First Satellite Into Space

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Nana Akufo Addo, President of Ghana has applauded a team of Ghanaian  and Japanese Scientist who launched the country’s first satellite into space on Friday, July 7, 2017. A team of Scientists from All Nations University in  Ghana’s eastern region in collaboration with Japanese, made it possible for the West African country to be among countries whose satellite orbit the earth. A two years contract with Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will cost Ghana $50,000.

While the satellite GhanaSat-1 was making it’s way into space from the International Space Station (ISS), the team back in Ghana watched from the University’s auditorium.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. Its first component was launched into orbit in 1998, and the ISS is now the largest human-made body in low Earth orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth.

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The International Space Station with ESA’s Columbus laboratory flies 400 km high at speeds that defy gravity – literally. At 28 800 km/h it only takes 90 minutes for the weightless laboratory to make a complete circuit of Earth.

Meanwhile, the President of Ghana has congratulated the team for the successful launch of Ghana’s first satellite, in a tweet from the twitter handle of the President of Ghana, Akufo Addo. “Congratulations to the team from All Nations University, Koforidua, for the successful launch of Ghana’s first satellite, GhanaSat-1, into orbit,” the President twitted.

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GhanaSat-1 has low and high resolution cameras on it and it is expected to orbit the earth from a distance of 400km (248 miles). The satellite will be used for mapping and monitoring of Ghana’s coastline.

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