ASTANA, KAZINFORM. Kazakh cosmonauts participate at the 31st International Congress of the Association of Space Explorers, which takes place from September 9 to 15, 2018, in Minsk, a MIA Kazinform correspondent reports.
Kazakhstan at the congress is represented by Toktar Aubakirov and Aidyn Aimbetov; cosmonaut Talgat Mussabayev could not go to Minsk because of a tight work schedule. In total, according to the organizing committee of the Congress, more than 80 cosmonauts from 17 countries arrived to the capital of Belarus for the Forum of cosmonauts hold annually.
On the first day of the Forum, during the opening ceremony a commemorative plaque called “Belarusian Space Heroes” dedicated to three cosmonauts born in Belarus - Pyotr Klimuk, Vladimir Kovalenk, Oleg Novitsky – was inaugurated.
In his speech at the opening ceremony of the 31st International Congress of the Association of Space Explorers, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko noted that “Belarusian cosmonauts impersonate our nation”, the press service of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus informs.
The main theme of the Congress called “We create a space future” is devoted to discussion of space research in the world. The program of the Congress includes technical and business-sessions, exchange of views and experience and visits to Belarusian schools, universities, and institutes of the National Academy of Sciences. At the end of the forum, participants of the congress will set up an Alley of Cosmonauts in the Botanical Garden. It is planned that each astronaut will a juniper plant, the crown of which has the shape of a rocket. Also for the guests there will be organized excursions to sightseeing of Belarus and a cultural program.
Kazakh cosmonaut and the Vice-President of the JSC “Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary” Aidyn Aimbetov told to the correspondent of MIA Kazinform that within the space congress he will hold a number of business meetings on cooperation with colleagues from different countries and with representatives of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, which conducts the main research on the development of space activities in the country.
The Association of Space Explorers is an international non-profit organization aimed to unite cosmonauts from different countries, it was established in 1985 to share experience in manned space flights. The International Congress of the Association annually gathers astronauts, representatives of scientific research institutions and national space agencies.