The Portuguese GeoTech-Vision for STEAM Outreach and Education: Space for All Nations
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This research is in line with the current international cooperation dialogue which also plays a role in determining the future of space activities, including space guidelines and regulations. Under the framework of the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS) non-profit arm, Project Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere (PoSSUM), the Space For All Nations (SFAN) initiative takes into account that Portugal is an emerging space nation, and recognizes the newly created Portuguese space agency, Portugal Space. Partnerships encouraging and enabling coordination in space science, research, and education activities are critical to engaging emerging space nation communities. Space for All Nations provides opportunities for the emerging, marginalized, or underrepresented communities to access legitimate research facilities that can help drive research and STEAM education efforts. The intent of the initiative is to (1): show the progress of new nations formally entering the space industry; and (2) facilitate collaborative efforts through credible IIAS/PoSSUM human, academic, and scientific resources. The role of Portugal as an emerging space nation is working with young science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) students and professionals towards space industry recognition. The aim is to increase the access to space sector information, opportunities, and knowledge while inspiring the next generation to pursue and contribute to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics roles. The authors actively lead research efforts that focus on articulating critical geophysics, planetary geology, geotechnics, geo-technologies, and robotics to this target audience. Geo-technologies and space-based related studies are the mottoes for the Portuguese GeoTech-Vision for outreach and STEAM education.