On the evening of 21 March 2007, the International Astronautical Federation held a celebration of 50 Years of the Space Age at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris, France. The celebration featured four distinguished speakers who reflected on what has been achieved in space during the past fifty years and looked ahead to what could be anticipated in the coming half century.
The event was organised in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), the United Nations Commitee for the Peaceful Use of Outer Space (UN COPUOS), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL).
Guests were welcomed by UNESCO deputy Director-General Marcel Barbosa, UN-COPUOS Chair Gérard Brachet and IAF President James Zimmerman. Greetings were send via video link from the International Space Station and messages from Arthur C. Clarke and Eilene M. Galloway were played.
Keynote speeches were made by Boris Chertok who talked about the past fifty years of space activities, Roy Gibson who looked at the past half century of international space programmes, Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan focusing on the potential of space technology to serve humanity during the coming 50 years and by Neil deGrasse Tyson who spoke on the potential of space for exploration and inspiration during the next fifty years.
The evening also concentrated on the role of inspiring youth to be interested in space, guaranteeing the future.
Excerpts from the Outer Space Treaty were read by young professionals based in Paris and classical piano was played by a talented young musician from Korea, Misora Lee.
Aviation Week magazine took the opportunity of the celebration to present Dr Edward C. Stone with the Philip J. Klass Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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Images from the event
UNESCO Deputy Director-General Marcio Barbosa welcomes attendees to the 50th Anniversary of the Space Age event.
UN-COPUOS Chair Gérard Brachet welcomes attendees to the event.
Message from the International Space Station.
IAF President James Zimmerman welcomes delegates.
Keynote speaker Boris Chertok via videolink.
Keynote speaker Roy Gibson.
Eilene M. Galloway addresses attendees via videolink.
Keynote speaker Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan focuses on the next 50 years.
Pierre Virly (Baritone) and Misora Lee (Piano).
Keynote speaker Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks on the potential of space for exploration and inspiration during the next fifty years.
Dr Edward C. Stone is presented with the Philip J. Klass Award for Lifetime Achievement.