The largest gathering of space explorers in the world will land in Minsk in this weekend. Over 100 astronauts and cosmonauts from 19 countries are to travel to Belarus’ capital for a week-long conference.
Men and women who have orbited the Earth and gone beyond.
This year Minsk will host the 31st international congress of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) on 9-15 September.
The world’s only professional association will bring together astronauts from Russia, the United States, Europe and China.
Representatives of NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency also announced their participation.
There will also be legendary natives of Belarus, twice heroes of the Soviet Union Peter Klimuk and Vladimir Kovalyonok.
The program includes a plenary session, meetings of technical sections, and an exhibition of space technologies.
Belarus will showcase its software, high-resolution optical equipment, space mirrors, equipment for the Earth remote sensing.
“Our goal is to demonstrate Belarus’ space capabilities to the world community. Our country is among the world’s space leaders.
The country has two spacecraft in the orbit. These are BKA and Belintersat 1 satellites.
We have a lot of scientific projects in the space sector,” said Sergei Zolotoi, the director of Geoinformation Systems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.
The Planetary Congress is ASE’s primary forum for professional exchange among astronauts and cosmonauts all around the world.
It is designed to promote the exchange of space flight experiences and tech info about space operations, scientific research, mission development and astronaut training.
ASE members meet to review and discuss developments in their respective space programs, to evaluate existing programs and plan future activities.