SA to host space congress

2011-09-28 14:33

An upcoming international astronautical congress in Cape Town marks the world’s commitment to space projects in Africa, the SA Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) said today.

The event, to be held from October 3 to October 7, would be the first in Africa in the congress’ 62-year history.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the stars of space exploration and show them what South Africans are doing,” chair of the local organising committee at SAAO Peter Martinez said in a statement.

More than 2 000 delegates were expected to attend. They would include the world’s space agency heads and senior executives of global aerospace companies, scientists, astronauts, industry researchers and space lawyers.

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