Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Philippine Space Agency

A Fight for Philippine Space Agency

Filipino astronomers have pushed an initiative to launch a fight for the creation of the Philippine Space Agency through a conference held in Quezon City. Dr. Jesus Rodrigo F. Torres, president of Rizal Technological University (RTU); Frederick Gabriana, a professor from RTU; Dr. Custer Deocaris of RTU; Dr. Jose Edgardo Aban of University of Brunei Darussalam; and Dr. Merle Tan of UP-National Institute for Mathematics and Science (UP-NISMED) were the innovators of the said movement. As per Dr. Deocaris, they are to pass the congress a bill that pleads to establish the Space Agency.  The bill is branded as the “Philippine Space Act of 2012”.  This bill intends to have activities outside the Earth’s atmosphere which includes launching of satellites and astronauts. The scientists also revealed the Philippine Space Agency logo using an eagle with red and blue bands, a blue planet with its yellow orbit, and three yellow stars. “Astronomy is something you can experience that’s why we developing curiosity among the youth.” Dr. Merle Tan.

The conference also deliberated astronomical explanations in debunking the so called 2012 Doomsday.  Professor Gabriana said that a “galactic alignment” will occur on the 21st of December, but this phenomenon will not cause any harm to our planet as the predictions had said.  According to him, he had assigned his students to compute the gravitational pull of the planets, including also Pluto, in an aligned position and they were surprised to see that the gravitational pull of the “aligned planets” is just ten times smaller than the gravitational pull of the moon. 

Furthermore, if any planets are to collide with the Earth, this would have been seen by astronomers years ago but no such objects were observed.  Dr. Torres said.

This Space Agency movement can bring us into another dimension of exploration.  The launch will bring the Filipinos in the Space Age, in which we are behind of among other Asian countries.  This is going to be a giant leap for the Filipinos.

Written by: Nicole Hortelano

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1 comment:

  1. Greetings from, I am John Romar Padua, a researcher for GMA NEWS TV's news magazine show, Brigada and we would just like to inquire for we would like to request for an interview with Mr. Frederick Gabriana soon. Hope you may accommodate us. Thank you and God Bless! :)