NASA Starts 2019 International Astronautical Congress – Watch Live!

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Bridenstine, Pence, and Others Speak at the Opening Ceremony of This Week’s International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C.

This week the who’s who of space folk descend on Washington, D.C. for the annual International Astronautical Congress. The week will be full of live webcasts about a range of topics, and addresses from key officials. Among those are NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Vice President Mike Pence—both of whom made remarks at the opening ceremony this morning.

Pence faced criticism from protesters prior to his speech. However, the  IAC leadership invited the Vice President to speak at the Congress because of his role as Chair of the National Space Council. However, many at the conference expressed concerns about Pence’s political and social views. Over 200 people signed an open letter asking that he be disinvited. 

Here’s the live stream of today’s events:

The Rest of the Week’s Events:

The following is a list of key webcasts NASA will host this week:

Tomorrow (10/22)

  • Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space – Advancing Space Economy (begins at 8:30 am EDT)

Wednesday (10/23)

  • Heads of Emerging Agencies (begins at 8:30 am EDT)
  • Clipper Exploring Europa (begins at 1:30 pm EDT)
  • NASA STEM Presents “Space & STEM: Where Do You Fit In?” Engage with NASA leadership, astronauts and a panel of young professionals who will share their NASA journeys, their work on Artemis and how students can get involved in NASA’s latest mission (begins at 6:30 pm EDT)
  • Social media sessions planned from 2 to 3 pm on Reddit’s AMA thread.

Friday (10/25)

Beginning at 7:30 am EDT, the International Astronautical Congress will open its doors to the public.

You can find more information about that here.

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