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If we really want to explore space, and find out what is going on out there, we need to be able to see in a much wider part of the spectrum in all of it, in fact, so we have to build machines to do this for us.
One such device is called the High-Energy Stereoscopic System (Hess), and it is situated near Windhoek, in Namibia. The science leader of the team is Prof Okkie de Jager, of the North West Universitys Potchefstroom campus. This team includes about 100 scientists from around the world, including the Namibian team member, Isak Davids.

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The international H.E.S.S. team has won the coveted Descartes prize for Basic Research (worth 226,000) for their work studying some of the most violent phenomena in the Universe.

H.E.S.S. is the High Energy Stereoscopic System telescopes in Namibia, South-West Africa. The H.E.S.S. team currently operates the most sensitive telescopes in the world for the study of very high energy (VHE) gamma rays - which are only emitted in very energetic violent processes, such as near black holes and in supernovae. In the first years of operation, the H.E.S.S. collaboration has greatly advanced the young field of gamma ray astronomy, discovering several new types of source and making the first maps of the sky in VHE gamma-rays.

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