Young explorers unite
I dig the theme of the Space Generation Congress 2005, the annual meeting of the Space Generation, taking place in Fukuoka, Japan, Oct. 14-16, 2005: Explorers wanted: Out of the cradle, into action.
Indeed. The future of earthlings in space is in the hands of the generation that starts with these more than 160 delegates from 35 countries who are gathering to share "the vision of young people on the future utilization and exploration of space."
A great global network of space minded youngsters -- up-and-coming scientists and engineers, businesspeople, innovators and leaders (lawyers, too) of the new space era. Explorers, all. What are they thinking and saying? Listen in on Space Generation forums.
Some background on the main event via the SGC site: the Congress is organised by the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications - "the only body through which students' and young professionals' views are represented to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS). SGC 2005 is officially endorsed by the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UN OOSA), and is officially held in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress (IAC)."
YOu bet, SGC 2005 delegates who hang around after the weekend are welcome to hobnob with the professional community who are participating in IAC in Fukuoka, Oct. 17-21. Who will have the cooler ideas about "new possibilities for the space community" -- the grownups, or the youth? Well, we can guess.