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The opening ceremony of the 31st planetary congress will take place in the expo centre BelExpo on September 10 The opening ceremony of the 31st planetary congress will take place in the expo centre BelExpo on September 10

Planetary Congress to Gather 90 Cosmonauts in Minsk

About 90 cosmonauts from 19 countries were expected to take part in the 31st planetary congress of the Association of Space Explorers in Minsk from September 09 –15.

According to Sergei Kilin, deputy chairman, Presidium, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, speaking ahead of the event, “We expect the largest delegations from Russia and the US. Minsk will also welcome guests from Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, China, and other countries."

Famous cosmonauts are expected to include Svetlana Savitskaya, the first woman to go for a spacewalk. Minsk will also welcome China’s first cosmonaut Yang Liwei and the former holder of the longest time in outer space record Sergei Krikalev.

The legendary cosmonaut Viktor Savinykh, who revived the space station Salyut 7, will be in Minsk, too.