About the Planetary Congress
Since 1985 the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) has convened an annual Planetary Congress to serve as a forum where up to 400 members from 38 different nations interact professionally, present ASE programs to the public, and engage the community. The week-long event, held in public venues, generates communication on issues of common interest to the international space community, government agencies, and the public. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, in 2019, the XXXII Planetary Congress will be held in Houston.
The Planetary Congress has three major events: the series of technical sessions, formal ceremonies, and Community Day.
All technical sessions are free and open to the public via broadcast. Sessions will be held at Space Center Houston and the Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy. In the past, topics have included human space flight, the future of the space industry, and future space technology.
Additionally, there are formal ceremonies with awards for those who have contributed to the advancement and understanding of STEM topics, outstanding contributions to the Association, and other notable achievements.
Community Day is one of the Congress’s key events since its main objectives include public education about space exploration and stimulating interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Coordinated by Texas A&M University’s Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation (IEEI), 125 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.
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