The Mission MeerKATcartoon series, produced by Jive Media Africa, explains how radio astronomy works and why this pathfinder telescope is being built in the Karoo.

Download all 5 x 8 page comic books produced for the SKA (Square Kilometre Array) and MeerKAT (the Karoo Array Telescope). An inquisitive school girl Hannah and the young astronomer Naledi are two key characters in colourful comic books developed to engage the public in the story of the SKA and MeerKAT. A real meerkat also features prominently, along with an adorable bat-eared fox – both animals found in the Karoo.

The stories are set in and around a small rural town in the Karoo and help readers to understand how radio astronomy works and why the pathfinder telescope – and possibly later the SKA – will be built in the Karoo.

A six banner display for MeerKAT/ SKA (for science centres, etc.)

An extract from an email received from Charles Phillips appears below:

Hi Marina –

This is just to say how thrilled we are to receive the fantastic set of six
SKA banners recently, and to confirm that these are now proudly hung near
our Space Zone along with all our space and astronomy displays which include
a large SALT model, Mark Shuttleworth’s space suit and a replica of his
Soyuz capsule, interactive Mars Rover plus some actual space debris that
landed in W/Cape some years ago etc etc!

Kind regards –

Charles Phillips – Exhibition Manager
MTN Sciencentre, Cape Town