The Association of Space Explorers has landed … on Houston as the location for an upcoming Planetary Congress.
ASE, the world’s only professional group for astronauts and cosmonauts, announced it will hold the conference in Space City in October 2019 to honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the first manned landing on the moon.
The week-long event features topics covering all things space, according to a release. It’s the third time the U.S. has hosted a Planetary Congress.
“Houston is the world’s ‘Space City,’ and the perfect selection for this prestigious Congress,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a release. “As home to NASA’s Mission Control and the astronaut corps, Houston has been at the epicenter of every manned space exploration mission for more than five decades. … What an honor it will be to welcome these space explorers from around the globe in the city where it all began.”