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ASE Planetary Congress in Minsk

ASE Planetary Congress in Minsk

The Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers is an annual event which gathers cosmonauts, scientists and representatives of national space agencies. In 2018 the forum is hosted by Belarus. About 90 astronauts and cosmonauts from 17 countries are expected to meet at the Minsk forum on 9-15 September.

Russian pilot-cosmonaut, native of Belarus Oleg Novitsky
Alley of Cosmonauts planted in Minsk
14 September 2018, 17:09
Every cosmonaut and astronaut who is taking part in the 31s Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers in Minsk planted a juniper with a rocket-shaped crown.
Photo courtesy of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Belarus' Academy of Sciences awards space exploration heroes
12 September 2018, 19:30
Svetlana Savitskaya (the first woman to take a spacewalk), Sergei Krikalev (a former holder of the top total time in outer space record – 803 days in six flights), Yang Liwei (China's first cosmonaut, director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office), and the USSR pilot-cosmonaut Alexander Aleksandrov took part in the ceremony.
Cosmonauts, astronauts from 17 states to meet with Belarusian students
12 September 2018, 09:54
The 31st Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers is taking place in Minsk on 9-15 September. Taking part in the forum are over 80 cosmonauts and astronauts from 17 countries. The theme of the congress is Creating the Future of Space.
German astronaut: International community welcomes every country's contribution to space exploration
11 September 2018, 17:38
Space exploration is a common task. We welcome any country's contribution to it. I did not have the chance to work with Belarusian space technologies but I was impressed with what I saw yesterday, Reinhold Ewald said.
US astronaut: Youth should be engaged in space exploration
11 September 2018, 15:57
We are impressed by everything that is happening here, be it a satellite for the remote sensing of Earth, the aviation or unmanned aerial vehicles that Belarus is developing and manufacturing, Bonnie Dunbar said.
Yang Liwei. An archive photo
China's first cosmonaut talks about plans to launch orbital station
11 September 2018, 15:54
Yang Liwei said: “We intend to insert into orbit our own space station. All the assets have been channeled into it. I've made a report on this topic during the congress. It is an open project. We invite other countries to participate in it.”
Russian cosmonaut describes flights to Moon, Mars as priorities in space exploration
11 September 2018, 14:47
Pavel Vinogradov said: “People already know how to do a lot of things in outer space and know where to go from now on. No doubt, the Moon and Mars are top priorities for us. They are technically doable. We are getting ready for implementing these projects within the next 5-10 years.”
Bonnie Dunbar
U.S. astronaut: Manned astronautics and space tourism will get a boost in the 21st century
11 September 2018, 14:12
“Today, in the 21st century, many countries use space for peaceful research purposes," ASE President, U.S. astronaut Bonnie Dunbar said.
Belarus to release ASE Planetary Congress stamp
11 September 2018, 13:49
Belarus' Ministry of Communications and Informatization will release a postage stamp in commemoration of the 31st Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers on 13 September.
Vladimir Gusakov
ASE planetary congress to enable Belarus to expand cooperation with foreign space agencies
11 September 2018, 13:15
The official said: “It is the first time cosmonauts from all over the world have come to Belarus. It is a significant event. During the congress we will discuss Belarus' possible participation in international space programs. We will expand our cooperation with the Association of Space Explorers and space agencies of a number of countries.”
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