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Lusaka, Zambia (Southern Africa)

Our first telescope donation was to Nkhwazi Primary School in Lusaka, Zambia in Southern Africa.

Inglewood, CA (2001)

Our second telescope donation to the A-MAN International Science Discovery and Learning Center in Inglewood, California on September 6, 2001.








Camp Joan Mier in California, for physically and mentally disabled children and adults (June 22, 2002)

PTD's George Whitesides, John Wright, and Margee Prat were greeted by this great sign made by the campers and staff of Camp Joan Mier.

George Whitesides, Project Director of Permission to Dream, demontrates how far the Moon is from Earth.

Campers were able to see both the Moon and Venus.

Nepal, North of India (October 11, 2003)

The children of Pokhara with GASPO members

The hard-working GASPO Team

GASPO President Kedar Badu with the Meade ETX telescope

Child observing the Nepal night sky

Child observing the Nepal night sky

A science teacher at the Nawa Prabhat School in Pokhara, Nepal looks through the donated telescope.

The GASPO team, led by Mr. Kedar P. Badu, has made great strides in its observations, despite great difficulties. 

GASPO Observation Reports:

1- MARS: On Sep 28, we became able to see Mars. It looked like a ball of orange. But we could not see its 2 moons. May be they were behind the planet or may be our telescope is not powerful enough to see them. We could not figure out. the planet looked more beautiful through 25 mm eye piece than 9 mm. There were clouds and it was on and off kind of watching!

2- A falling Star: on Sep 28, around 7 pm local time (+5:45 GMT), we saw a falling star, (meteor shower?) between Harcules and Cygnus. It looked like an average star in the beginning and later rose to brighter than Sirius for 2 seconds and died out.

3- In the morning of Sep 29 (4:30 local time) we were able to see Jupiter. But we saw only three of its Moons. 2 moons above the planet (Io and Ganymede?) and one just below in the same vertical line (Ebropa?). But looks callisto was missing. We saw a star on the south eastern corner of the image, was it Callisto? But it was not on the same vertical plane with other galilean moons.

4- The Images of Jupiter were not as impressive as we used to see on the screen of computer. But we had a strage feeling and proudness that we were on the footsteps of Galileo, towards Real Astronomy, 400 years back in time !! This gave us lot of confidence.