Photo: AP Photo/NASA, HO
The Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang is scheduled to participate in the congress. Photo: AP Photo/NASA, HO

International astronaut congress takes off in Sweden

Around 100 astronauts from more than 20 different countries are arriving in Sweden on Sunday for the annual Association of Space Explorers XXVIII Planetary Congress, with the theme "Inspired by Space".

Some parts of the congress will be open to the public, including sessions titled "Inspired by Space" and "Advances in European Space Exploration" (both to be held in Stockholm), and "Future Space Vehicles" and "Next Human Destinations" (both in Växjo).

The astronauts will also be visiting Parliament and schools around Stockholm and the southern county of Småland.

According to its website, the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) was founded in 1985 by small group of US, Russian and international fliers and is an international nonprofit professional and educational organization of over 395 astronauts and cosmonauts from 36 nations. The association supports the advancement of space exploration by providing opportunities for communication among space professionals at the international level and seeks to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and inspire in students a life-long commitment to educational excellence.

The congress will last through 27th September.

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