ESA Plans Space Station Symposium

BERLIN, April 15 (UPI) — The European Space Agency says it’s planning a symposium for the 14 nations involved in the construction and operation of the International Space Station.

Delegates to the three-day event, to begin in Berlin next Monday, will discuss the successes and potential of the unique example of international cooperation, ESA said,

ESA Director of Human Spaceflight Simonetta Di Pippo said symposium speakers will include several astronauts, high-level representatives of the participating space agencies and major industrial representatives. The keynote speech on the first day is to be delivered by Nobel Prize laureate Samuel Ting.

The first expedition crew — U.S. astronaut William Shepherd and Russian Cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev — will reunite for the first time during the symposium.

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