Haifa, 11 July 2016, by Remco Timmermans - The arrival of the mission control crew at Technion marks the beginning of an epic eight-week global space education mission. In the so-called week zero the core crew checks if all systems are go and gets itself acquainted with all processes and procedures. This core crew consists of Management, the Academic and Logistics Coordinators, the all-important Tech Team, the External Relations Team and the different Teaching Associates. Week zero is almost a mini-SSP in itself, as this group of about 25 people prepares things such that the 100+ participants will have the best space experience of their lives, just like most of the crew had when they were participants.

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Duties in week zero consist of getting acquainted with the Technion campus, getting settled in the ISU staff offices and briefings. Many briefings, all to ensure the program runs smoothly once the participants arrive. Apart from all the official work, there is also some time to get to know each other. A close team is an important success factor!

First SSP16 staff breakfast

A big project like the Space Studies Program consists of a long sequence of little details, that all need to work together. Signage and banners are an important element.

Cleaning the SSP banner

We have also a little bit of time to get to know our host city Haifa. Haifa is good for the foodies amongst us!

Sweet Haifa

Most of the staff lives in the same student dormitories as the participants. The Mizrach Chadash dorms on Mount Carmel have a beautiful view over the city below it, all the way up to the northern border.

View over Haifa

But most of all this week is about preparing our presentations, workshops, lectures, projects, special events and all other little and big things that make SSP an unforgettable experience for everyone going through. The Teaching Associate for Team Project 'Artificial Gravity' prepares his project...

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The Teaching Associate of the Engineering Department prepares his special project equipment...

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The Logistics Coordinators prepare for dozens of arrivals and departures during the program...

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And of course the Tech Team prepares all the IT and AV equipment on campus for space use...

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Towards the end of week zero the Space English Access Course (SEAC) participants receive their certificates. The TA's and other staff join in for the celebration...

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The weekend day before launch the core crew takes SSP Director John Connolly to the Sea of Galilee, showing that miracles - like walking on water - really only happen with a well coordinated team. We tested it. The SSP16 is ready to make this miracle happen!

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  1. Management
  2. Chairs
  3. Academics
  4. TAs
  5. Logistics
  6. Public Relations
  7. IT
  8. SEAC & TP Editors
  9. Participant Liaison & Library

SSP16 Host Institution

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Technion City, Haifa, Israel

The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology was founded in 1912 in Haifa and is the oldest university in Israel and the Middle East. The university offers degrees in science and engineering, and related fields such as architecture, medicine, industrial management and education.

The Technion is a science and technology research university, among the world’s top universities, dedicated to the creation of knowledge and the development of human capital and leadership, for the advancement of the State of Israel and all humanity.

The Technion is noted as a global pioneer in multidisciplinary research into fields including energynanotechnology, and life science.

The Technion has 4 Nobel Laureates, a graduate and 3 faculty members.

More about the SSP16 host institution:
Welcome to Technion
Technion Map in English (PDF)
SSP16 Campus map



The SSP16 is supported at different levels. ISU would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support:

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Local Sponsors


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Major Sponsors

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Program Supported By

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