This year Minsk will host the international congress of the Association of Space Explorers.
The congress will be held in Minsk on 9-15 September. Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences Syarhey Kilin told reporters that in total about 90 cosmonauts from 19 countries — Austria, China, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and others will take part in it.
“The largest delegations are expected from Russia and the United States,” Kilin said.
Interfax reports that the congress will be visited by Svetlana Savitskaya, the first woman to go into outer space, and former record holder for staying in open space Sergei Krikalev.
“There will be legendary Viktor Savinykh, who reanimated the Salyut-7 station. … And the American Scott Kelly, who along with Mikhail Kornienko studied for a year how the body reacts to the long absence of gravity,” Kilin added.
A monument to the Belarusian cosmonaut Pyotr Klimuk, Uladzimir Kavalenka and Aleg Navitsky will be opened in the frame of the Minsk congress, and the Alley of Cosmonauts will appear in the local Botanical Garden.
On September 12, the organizers of the congress plan to hold a “Community Day”, during which the cosmonauts will meet with students from Minsk schools.