One of the major objectives of the Planetary Congress is to educate the general public about manned exploration of space, stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and invite the next generation to cultivate its inquisitiveness and interest in exploring new worlds. To directly help with these efforts, one day is dedicated to students and young people – Community Day.
Coordinated by Texas A&M University’s Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation (IEEI), astronauts and cosmonauts will visit Texas schools and universities, share their experiences with students and pupils, and meet the next generation of space explorers. Lectures and presentations will be held, where students and the general public will have the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and receive answers to their questions. Community Day space flyers reach thousands of K-12 and university students every year.
Planned destinations include over nine universities in Texas, Texas school districts, Space Center Houston, the Lone Star Flight Museum, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Bring an Astronaut to Your Community
For schools, community groups, businesses and sponsors, visit the ASE Congress website to submit an application for an astronaut to visit your site on October 16, 2019.