President ECOSF attended the Launch ceremony of Islamabad Space Observatory
H.E. Mr. Chaudhary Fawad Hussain, the then Federal Minister for Science and Technology of Pakistan inaugurated the Islamabad Space Observatory on 12th April 2021. He was accompanied by the Chairman of National Moon sighting Committee of Pakistan. The purpose of setting up this space observatory is to offer the public an understanding of space science and to inspire the next generation of scientists and attract the younger generation towards science and technology career streams. President ECOSF, Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro attended the launch ceremony.
Observatories around the world play a key role in offering the public an understanding of space and astronomy and in inspiring the next generation of scientists with enriching and engaging experiences. Islamabad-based amateur astronomers have urged the government to dedicate a research center at the facility to offer education and hands-on training besides the sky gazing opportunity. The site in Shakarparian area of Islamabad is deemed ideal as the best sites for observatories are located away from the cities and at a high altitude, however, its location in the heart of Islamabad city will offer easy access to visitors to view the sky through the telescope.
The Islamabad observatory will be established under a joint initiative of the Ministry of Science and Technology and Pakistan Science Foundation for which the Institute of Space Technology (IST) Islamabad will provide technical expertise. The observatory would include a full-dome projection system, guided tours about the solar system, educational science films offering visitors a unique view of the universe. The attraction will be open for all where people can enjoy both day and night sky views.