18th IAA Humans in Space Symposium
April 11-15, 2011

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The International Academy of Astronautics announces the 18th Humans in Space Symposium to be held April 11–15, 2011 in Houston, Texas.

"Integration and Cooperation in the
Next Golden Age of Human Space Flight"

The focus of the 18th Humans in Space Symposium will be on the concept that integration across cultures, nations, agencies, disciplines, and objectives will be absolutely essential to the next chapters of the Humans-in-Space story.

Symposium Description

The IAA Humans in Space is an international scientific symposium dedicated to discussion and research in the human and biological sciences related to long-duration space travel. Even as basic science investigations into the fundamental role(s) of gravity in the evolution and development of terrestrial life forms begin to take advantage of the nearly complete ISS platform; private entrepreneurs are beginning to explore autonomous commercial solutions to launching payloads and tourists into space, and publicly-sponsored exploration missions will again move beyond low Earth orbit to destinations farther away than ever before. The focus of the 18th Humans in Space Symposium will be on the concept that integration across cultures, nations, agencies, disciplines, and objectives will be absolutely essential to the next chapters of the Humans-in-Space story. Highlights will include special sessions devoted to the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic first manned space flight and the 30th anniversary of the first Space Shuttle mission.

Welcome to Houston (video)
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Touted as one of the best cities in the United States to live, work and play, Houston is a thriving urban metropolis of 4+ million ethnically-diverse residents. Home to a respected and energetic arts community, celebrated restaurants featuring flavors from 35 countries, and the center of the United States Human Space Flight Program, Houston is a city with one of the most vivid cultural scenes in the country.

Credits: Videos and photographs courtesy of The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Photographs courtesy of NASA.