On 14 May 2016, the SpaceBus association in Morocco organized a SpaceBus caravan to spread a positive message of dialogue, peace, hope and tolerance through astronomy. A grand total of 2800 km was traveled to strengthen the Moroccan astronomy label and its image of modernity. More than 13,000 people participated in the activities orchestrated by the SpaceBus caravan.
SpaceBus is an inclusive national project with the participation of several cities in different regions and several Moroccan universities, and also a collaborative project between famous Moroccan and French scientists, as well as several associations of astronomy.
The SpaceBus program builds a bridge between the past of Morocco, which is rich in astronomical achievements, and the present and future, where Morocco is positioned as the regional leader of progress and modernity. It is a program adapted for different audiences: schoolchildren, high school students, university students, teachers and the general public.
“The subject of sky and space is a noble and subject inspiring for everyone”, says UNAWE Ambassador Zakaria Belhaj. He is the president at Association Marocaine d'Astronomie et d'Astrophotographie-AM2A and one of the organisers of the SpaceBus caravan.
The caravan traveled for a month through several cities and towns across Morocco: first, it rode from Ouarzazate to Marrakech. The second round was from Casablanca to Fès. Then it went from Ifrane to Zagora. Finally, it finished in Ouarzazate, where it all started. In short, SpaceBus hosted 14 stargazing sessions, 16 conferences, 600 exhibits aboard the truck and two trainings sessions for teachers.
The Spacebus association members are researchers, doctoral students and amateur astronomers. Its main role is to organize the scientific caravan SpaceBus, which crosses the cities and villages of Morocco to organize activities related to space sciences. For more information visit the SpaceBus Morocco Facebook page SpaceBus Maroc.
- SpaceBus Morocco Facebook page SpaceBus Maroc