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November 11-17, 2013 / Vol 32, No 45 / Hawai`i Island, USA

8 Nov 2013, 21:40 UTC
November 11-17, 2013 / Vol 32, No 45 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Thailand Hosts 1st COSPAR Symposium on Planetary Systems and Future Space Astronomy
The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) initiates its new series of biannual events with the 1st COSPAR Symposium ‘Planetary Systems of our Sun and other Stars, and the Future of Space Astronomy’ in Bangkok, Thailand on November 11-15. It is being hosted jointly by the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency and National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand. Chairman of the Scientific Program Committee Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum of NARIT says “between 500 and 1,000 participants from the region and farther afield are expected.” They will include space scientists, astronomers, students and others. The program includes keynote speeches by Prof. Michel Mayor of University of Geneva on ‘Research frontiers of exoplanets and other solar systems’ and by Dr. Somchet Thinaphong of GISTDA on ‘Stars on the rise: the imaginative insight.’ There is also a Round Table discussion on ‘Prospects for Space Science and International Cooperation with South East Asia’ that includes participation of space agency leaders from Asia (Japan JAXA; Malaysia ANGKASA; Indonesia LAPAN; Thailand GISTDA; South Korea KASI), Europe and USA. COSPAR President Giovanni Bignami recognizes the growing dynamism in the Asia region as space research is becoming ...

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