International Astronautical Congress Ends a Big Week For NASA- Watch Live!

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Washington was abuzz with space talk this week at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC). There was quite a bit to talk about. On Monday, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and Vice President Mike Pence came out and delivered speeches. In Pence’s case, there were some ruffled feathers because of his political leanings—over 200 people signed an open letter protesting his invitation to the conference—however, Pence delivered his remarks without further incident.

In fact, here’s a video breakdown of the week for NASA:

On Tuesday, the congress held a panel of industry leaders to address “the long term sustainability of outer space, advancing the space economy, and sustaining space industry through the space security aspects.” 

Wednesday brimmed with panels called Heads of Emerging Agencies and Clipper Exploring Europa. Yet another panel NASA STEM Presents “Space & STEM: Where Do You Fit In?” encouraged youth and students to study the stars. Finally, there were social media sessions planned from 2 to 3 pm (EDT) on Reddit’s AMA thread.

NASA didn’t live-stream any events yesterday. However, today the International Astronautical Congress opened up its doors to the public. And of course, we’ve got that live stream here:

One final thing to note about the International Astronautical Congress this week was the conspicuous absence of any Chinese representatives. The Chinese claim that their representatives couldn’t obtain visas in time for the conference. They also blamed the Trump administration for “weaponizing” the visa process—implying that the delay on the visas was part of an ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China.

Still, despite the drama surrounding politics, the congress was able to move forward and take the next steps for all of us on the road to exploring the cosmos. 

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Brandon Humphreys

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