On March 21st, 2018, Journey of Chinese Aerospace Technology and Culture 2018 began, and participants of the Centre went to Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences (RADI) and International Cerntre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage under the Auspices of UNESCO (HIST) for a visit.
Firstly, under the guidance of the staff from HIST, the participants watched two videos named "Digital Earth Science" and "Space Technologies for World Heritage" with 3D glasses. The amazing 3D technology of the videos impressed all participants, and the rich content of the video also stimulate participants’ interest in using space technology on natural and cultural heritage preservation.
Then, the participants visited the Digital Earth platform, Airborne Satellite Remote Sensing Centre, Satellite Operation and Management Department, etc. With the throughout explanation of the experts, they got a better understanding of the relationship between the theoretical knowledge and cultural heritage protection.
Finally, Prof. Hong Tianhua, Secretary General of HIST, and Prof. Natarajan Ishwaran, State Specially Recruited Expert of China at HIST, demonstrated excellent presentations. Prof. Hong Tianhua gave a detailed introduction about HIST from the development of history, mission, scientific research achievements, etc., and also welcomed all participants from the Centre to actively join in related events and conferences organized by HIST. Prof. Natarajan Ishwaran mainly discussed the applications of space technologies for world biosphere reserves and efforts that UNESCO made to protect the natural environment.
Participants’ interest in using space technology to protect the world’s natural and cultural heritage continued to grow with the discussion going into depth. They asked two professors and other working staff about the latest research and technology on natural and cultural heritage preservation, and possible training and intern opportunity in HIST. After the visit, many participants said that this visit was of great importance as it made them realize that the application of space technology was so extensive. They hoped to make a contribution to heritage protection someday in the future with their solid professional knowledge.