The Botswana International University of Science and Technology is proud to announce that its second year (2nd) PhD Student, Ms. Bolo Basuti’s name is among a list of names for NASAs first interplanetary mission to Mars. Her ‘VIP Boarding Tickets’ aboard the Mars InSight Lander Spacecraft to Mars which took off to Mars on 5th May 2018 has put BIUST of the Astronomy and spacecraft map. Her name is also on the NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission to the Sun in the summer of 2018.
Ms. Basuti is currently studying at BIUST under the supervision of Dr. D. Mpoeleng, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science & Information Systems (CSIS). Flying on NASA`s Mission to Mars NASA launched the Mars InSight Lander Spacecraft on 5th May 2018. It is the first interplanetary mission ever to depart from the west coast, drawing pre-dawn crowds to Vandenberg Air Force Base and rocket watchers down the California coast into Baja. View at; https://www.youtube.com/watch?
InSight is a robotic lander designed to study the interior of the planet Mars. The mission was launched on 5th May 2018 at 11:05 UTC and is expected to land on the surface of Mars (landing site: Elysium Planitia) on 26th November 2018.
Flying on NASA`s Mission to the SUN, a NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission will be launched in summer 2018. Parker Solar Probe Spacecraft will swoop to within 4 million miles of the Sun`s surface, facing heat and radiation. Porker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar activity and make critical contributions to man’s ability to forecast major space weather events that impact life on earth. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Spacecraft will carry confirmed names on its journey to the Sun. A chip containing the names will be installed onto the spacecraft before launch, among them that of the BIUST student.
BIUST is proud of its students community who partake in projects aimed at finding society’s lasting solutions to human challenges from science, research and innovation by engaging in projects that propel BIUST as a reputable research science and innovation university in the international radar.
The BIUST Student, Ms. Basuti was in 2017 appointed a UN Ambassador for Women in Space in Botswana at Washington DC, USA Space Conference.