Philippines’ first microsatellite, Diwata-1, celebrated its first year anniversary since it was launched to the International Space Station on March 23, 2016.
The microsatellite serves as a tool to help monitor the Philippines from space, as well as a training platform for the Philippine Microsatellite Team to hone the skills they learned in Japan, GMA News reported. Since it has launched into space, the Diwata-1 has been sending back breathtaking images from space for both academic purposes.
Coincidentally during the same day that Diwata-1 celebrated its first year in orbit, 4 Filipino engineers who worked directly on the country’s first microsatellite received their masters’ degrees from two of Japan’s most prestigious universities. According to the DOST’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology (PCIEERD), Engr. Kaye Kristine Vergel and Engr. Benjamin Jonah Magallon both finished their MS Cosmos science masters course on Thursday, March 23.