BGU | The Sky is No Limit

Just a few months earlier, with the successful launch of BGUSAT in February 2017, BGU joined a distinguished list of scientific organizations with a presence in space. The BGUSAT nanosatellite, which is the size of a milk carton and weighs only five kilograms, was equipped with cameras capable of detecting various climatic phenomena and a control system that enables selection of the areas to be photographed and studied.

CONTENTS Above and Beyond Prof. Dan Blumberg leads BGU space research Israel Goes to the Moon BGU alum Kfir Damri’s remarkable journey

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A Green Shoot on the Moon? Prof. Simon Barak leads international experiment A New View of the Moon BGU-developed hyperspectral imager to go to the moon


With the successful launch of BGUSAT on February 15, 2017, BGU joined an exclusive and distinguished list of scientific organizations with a presence in space. Nanosatellites have made aerospace activity much cheaper than was the case in the past. This has allowed academic institutions to become significant players in space and encouraged innovation and entrepreneurship among researchers and students. BGU alumnus Kfir Damri, one of the leaders of the SpaceIL project that sent the Beresheet-1 spacecraft to the moon in 2019, is testimony to the spirit of space entrepreneurship at BGU. The sky is not a limit here. This special issue of BGU Magazine tells the stories of these pioneers and others. Enjoy!


Space Entrepreneurs Real world impact of BGU graduates

Black Hole Mysteries Dr. Shira Chapman compares black holes and quantum systems The Brains behind an Experiment in Space Prof. Oren Shriki and Eytan Stibbe collaborate aboard the ISS Aiming for the Stars Dr. Shimrit Maman leads the Earth and Planetary Image Facility Discovering New Worlds through SheSpace One-of-a-kind-program empowers girls in science Long-Distance Sensing Prof. Arnon Karnieli pioneered remote sensing in Israel







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