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September 25 – October 1, 2017 / Vol 36, No 39 / Hawai`i Island, USA

22 Sep 2017, 20:17 UTC
September 25 – October 1, 2017 / Vol 36, No 39 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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68th IAC in Australia Hosting 4,000 Participants, Multitude of Events

The International Astronautical Federation 68th International Astronautical Congress with theme ‘Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security’ is being held in Adelaide, Australia September 25-29 with IAA, IISL and Space Industry Association of Australia. Nearly 4,000 participants are expected to attend and 2,417 abstracts have been accepted from 67 countries. The Heads of Space Agencies will discuss plans for individual countries, commercial activities and the need to attract more women to the Space workforce; speakers include (left T-B) Jan Woerner (ESA), Igor Komarov (Roscosmos), Sylvain Laporte (CSA), Robert Lightfoot (NASA), Naoki Okumura (JAXA), S Somanath (ISRO) and Tian Yulong (CNSA). Key features of IAC are the Astronauts Panel with (right T-B) Sandy Magnus, Pamela Melroy, Chiaki Mukai, Dumitru Dorin Prunariu, Sergei Krikalev, Frank Culbertson, Michael López-Alegria; the Exhibition focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation; Highlight and Plenary Lectures speakers including Bill Nye, Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Simonetta Di Pippo, Bernard Foing, Peter Beck, Peter Martinez, William Gerstenmaier; and the IAF “3G” Geography – Generation – Gender International Platform for Diversity and Equality in Astronautics breakfasts “First Woman on the Moon” Sep 27 and “Gender Diverse Space Workforce” Sep 28. On the final ...

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