The rector of the Technical University of Moldova, prof. and dr. Viorel BOSTAN, accompanied by Valentin ILCO, a researcher at the National Center for Space Technologies at UTM, participates in the 70th International Astronautical Congress – IAC, hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – AIAA, Washington DC, USA , between October 21-25, 2019.

During this week, specialists from around the world involved in exploring the field of astronomy intend to analyze this topic further, choosing, for this year’s edition, a very suggestive motto: “Space: The Power of the Past, the Promise of the Future”. The theme is particularly relevant now, as we mark 50 years since the Apollo 11 Mission, the current edition of the Congress being dedicated to commemorating that “small step for man, but huge leap for mankind”, as Neil Armstrong noted in the exceptional moment of his exit from the Eagle module, in 1969, walking on the surface of the Moon. With a team made up of Neil Alden Armstrong, mission commander, Michael Collins, the pilot of the module, and Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin Jr., the commander of the lunar module, Apollo 11 was to become the first mission in which Man stepped on the surface of the Earth’s natural satellite, the Moon. On July 20th, 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first people to ever walk on the Moon, while Collins orbited above them.

The first step of the Human on the Moon was evoked in the opening of the Congress by the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence, NASA chief administrator, Jim Bridenstine, and the president of the International Astronautical Federation, Jean-Yves Le Gall, who stressed the need to further promote cooperation in international astronautics. In this context, the delegates of the congress celebrated the Apollo 11 mission crew, this being represented by Buzz Aldrin, who received the Recognition Award.

The Congress enjoys a rich program, consisting of plenary sessions, key presentations, technical presentations, as well as a global networking forum and many socializing events. More than 6300 delegates, representatives of over 100 institutions, companies, research institutes and space agencies from Canada, China, Europe, India, Japan, Russia, present the latest technological and scientific results, including astronautic cameras developed by Chinese private companies. At the same time, by addressing the various global problems regarding space technology and human space missions, the participants of the congress wish to contribute to the advancement of our knowledge about space and to encourage the development of space technology through international cooperation.