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Debre Berhane Selassie

Debre Berhan Selassie an easy stroll 2km northeast of town. Despite its walls hosting the nation’s most vibrant ecclesiastical artwork, it’s the ceiling that captures most visitors’ imaginations. Think of Mona Lisa’s smile and multiply it 104 times!

Debre Berhane Selassie Debre Berhane Selassie

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Erta Ale, the living Shield Volcano

Erta Ale is a very remote and rarely visited shield volcano in the Afar region of East Africa.

Erta Ale, the living Shield Volcano Erta Ale, the living Shield Volcano

Mulatu Astatke

The Father of Ethio Jazz: Mulatu Astatke

Mulatu Astatke Mulatu Astatke

Churches in Ethiopia

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Churches in Ethiopia Churches in Ethiopia

Kay Kabaro: Simien jackal

The Ethiopian wolf is the rarest canid in the world (Sillero 2001), and is one of the world's rarest mammals.

Kay Kabaro: Simien jackal Kay Kabaro: Simien jackal

Beautiful Scenery of Ethiopia

Awasa , southern Ethiopia’s largest city, is 100km further south and sits on the shores of attractive Lake Awasa. With plenty of facilities, a great fish market and row boats to boot, Awasa is a great place to stop.  

Beautiful Scenery of Ethiopia Beautiful Scenery of Ethiopia

Gonder: Medieval castles of Ethiopia

The Center of Ethiopian art and culture Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasilidas around 1635, is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches.

Gonder: Medieval castles of Ethiopia Gonder: Medieval castles of Ethiopia

ESTABLISHING SPACE RESEARCH CAPABILITY IN ETHIOPIA

It is often considered by various sources and institutions around the world that promo-tion of space physics activities in a developing country like Ethiopia is a waste of timeand resources. It has, of course, some sense: developing countries should put all theirefforts in improving the standard of life, infrastructure and basic education. However,it is straightforward to realize that nowadays improvement in any of the basic needs ofdeveloping countries is related to high technology (e.g. mobile phones, GPS, remotesensing). This means that a developing country has to take care of recruiting special-ists among their own people who can take part in the decision making processes whichare increasingly of global nature. Moreover, many citizens of developing countries arestudying and working abroad attaining high expertise. As a matter of fact, there aremore Ethiopians with PhD in physics working abroad than in the country. These peo-ple are lost for the benefit of their own country if there is no need for their professionin their home country. There is no doubt that the main task of improving the standardof living cannot be achieved without development and social transformation of thesociety, which can take place efficiently in a self-adopting and dynamic process.In line with the above argument, we have initiated the establishment of the WasheraSpace Physics Laboratory (WASPL) at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. It is acollaboration project between Oulu University and Addis Ababa University. The lab-oratory is expected to start operation of a pulsation magnetometer and photometer inSeptember 2004. Other types of standard geophysical instruments are to be installedin subsequent missions. The project is of mutual interest of both parties. The equa-torial ionosphere is still a poorly investigated region of our near Earth’s space. In afirst pilot investigation the existence and properties of the ionospheric Alfvén res-onator (IAR) in the equatorial ionosphere is addressed. WASPL is expected to joinworldwide activities in monitoring local and global atmosphereic and ionospheric pa-rameters. There is also a plan to install a neutron monitor to measure galactic and solarcosmic rays. WASPL will be situated at the magnetic equator and at 2500m above seallevel, which make it a unique place to carry out space physics experiments. In this pa-per, we describe WASPL in some more details. Interested scientists may participatewith us and/or start similar initiatives.

T.Bösinger (1),

B. Damtie (2) and I.G. Usoskin (3)

(1) Dept. of Physical Sciences, FIN-90014 University of Oulu, Finland,

(2) Dept. of Physics,POB 1176, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,

(3) Sodankylä GeophysicalObservatory, FIN-90014 University of Oulu, Finland

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