At the beginning of November, the 33rd Congress of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) will be held in Budapest. Farkas Bertalan at the invitation of dozens of astronauts will come to the event.
In the recent period, space research in Hungary has achieved valuable results, for example, the pocket satellites of the Budapest University of Technology have been in orbit, and the Pille and Tritel radiation meters have also been on the International Space Station. Péter Szijjártó The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced another milestone in June this year: a Hungarian astronaut will be sent into space again by 2025 at the latest.
The annual astronaut congress is organized by the US-based ASE, and has about 400 astronauts from 38 countries. The aim of the group is to promote space science and space research with the help of trained professionals who have traveled through space, especially among university students, high school students and those interested in the sector. The current president of the Alliance is Russia Oleg Kotov, who spent more than half a year at the International Space Station as a 100th Russian cosmonaut.
Hungary has already won the right to hold the congress planned for 2020, but the event has been delayed due to the pandemic. This is not the first time that Hungary has hosted the event: in 1986, the second congress was also hosted by the Hungarian capital. Since then, Mexico City, Riyadh, Berlin, Washington, Beijing, Moscow, Tokyo and Vienna, among others, have been the venue for the meeting.
Curious about the congress, about half a hundred astronauts will take part in professional and educational programs during the week.
On November 1, a tree planted in memory of the deceased astronauts will be inaugurated in the Budapest City Park, and in the following days the astronauts will visit large rural cities, Debrecen, Győr, Kecskemét and Miskolc. The professional congress will take place throughout the week in several sections at the capital site.