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Aerospace Congress Lifts Off in Moscow

50 years since the first spacewalk
Astronaut Donald K. 'Deke' Slayton and Cosmonaut Alexei A. Leonov (Public Domain)

The eighth edition of the International Aerospace Congress (IAC 15) opened yesterday at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, is slated to run until Monday. Organized by the Russian Federal Space Agency, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the summit will feature key discussions on space transport, design, and interstellar asteroid hazards, among other topics. 

The trianual event in Moscow is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first spacewalk, as well as 70 years since the United Nations was created. The congress offers scientists, designers, engineers, astronauts and other experts unparalleled networking opportunities. A partial list of organizers of the event includes; the Russian Federal Space Agency, the Government of Moscow, Lomonosov Moscow State University, the International Trustee Fund of the Tsyolkovsky Moscow State Aviation Technological University, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Engineering Academy, the Tsyolkovsky Russian Space Academy, the Astronauts Federation of the Russian Federation, and the International Union of Scientific and Engineering Societies, to name just a few.

MAKS-2015
The joint exposition of Roscosmos and other enterprises of the space industry at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2015, held last week in Moscow - Roscosmos

The program kicked off with an opening ceremony on Friday night. This morning's presentations kicked off with none other than Aleksey Leonov, the cosmonaut who performed the first ever spacewalk. Then Victor Sadovnichiy, President of the Lomonosov Moscow State University addressed the audience, followed by the Director of Director of the Institute of Nuclear Physics at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Michail Panasyuk. A lineup of distinguished experts are to follow in the various sessions on topics from aerodynamics to discussions on propulsion and fuels. 

Also being held in Moscow, the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS) welcomes many of those taking part in this weekend's congress to one of the leading aviation forums in the world. The MAKS event showed off some of Russia's most stunning achievements in high tech and aeronautics. Ending tomorrow, the general public is welcomed to further exhibitions, air shows, and demonstrations of gripping technological advances.