12 April 2011. On the day of celebrating the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight, ESPI contributed to Yuri’s Night and the Austrian Space Day, both held in Vienna.
ESPI’s Resident Fellow Gerhard Thiele, former ESA astronaut, was invited today to speak at the local Vienna Yuri’s Night on space as an inter-cultural task and later presented together with the Austrian Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology , Doris Bures, awards in a competition “Fit as an astronaut”. This latter activity took place in the framework of the 2011 Austrian Space Day, which is a show of results and achievements from Austrian space programmes and projects.
ESPI Resident Fellow Gerhard Thiele with Minister Doris Bures at the award ceremony of “Fit as an astronaut”
Already last week, ESPI organized an event with the Russian delegation to the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nation Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS), which dealt with the future of space law and was also held as part of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight (related webnews here).
Related webnews: - 4 April 2011. ESPI investigates the future of space law