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OCTOBER 14 — 18, 2019 HOUSTON, TEXAS, U.S.A.

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of one of humankind’s greatest achievements – the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon July 20, 1969, with crew members Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins. The milestone serves a perfect backdrop for those who stood on the shoulders of the Apollo giants and dared to explore space themselves.

Flown astronaut/cosmonaut delegates from all over the world will gather in Houston for the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) XXXII Planetary Congress to honor the vast accomplishments we’ve made in space over the last five decades, to share with the public the past and present experiences in space, and to shine a light on what’s to come.


About the ASE Annual Planetary Congress

2019 marks the 32nd Annual Planetary Congress, and only the 4th time it has been held in the United States. This year the Congress will host the largest gathering of delegates from around the world in its history. The week-long event includes publicly attended technical sessions, featuring Apollo era crew panels, updates on human activities and research in space, and briefings on future plans for low-Earth orbit and exploration back to the Moon and on to Mars. The attending delegates will also dedicate time on October 16, 2019 to Community Day, to meet with students of all ages and members of the public throughout the State of Texas. Learn more about opportunities to invite an astronaut to your school, university, community or company. There are also numerous ceremonies and cultural/tourism events during the Congress featuring the best of Texas culture and arts.

View the ASE Annual Report:
(2018 Congress Report from Minsk, Belarus)

View the 2017 Congress Report from Toulouse, France


At the XXXII Planetary Congress in Houston, Texas, U.S.A., 125 Astronauts, Cosmonauts and Taikonauts, delegates from the Association of Space Explorers, will gather to:


advocate for international cooperation in human spaceflight exploration



promote the benefits of space exploration and research to the general public



partner with schools and educational institutions to inspire future scientists, engineers and explorers all over the host country (STEM)

Technical Sessions

At the Planetary Congress’s technical sessions, the delegates present information on human activities in space and future plans for low-Earth orbit and beyond. It’s a dynamic opportunity to get the latest updates on space activities from astronauts themselves.



Most of the events of the ASE XXXII Planetary Congress Events will be open to the public and/or live-streamed over the internet.

Community Day

As part of the Planetary Congress program, the delegates dedicate a day to connecting with students of all ages to share their knowledge, experiences and passion for space exploration. This all-day statewide event features visits to schools, universities, companies and community groups across Houston and Texas.



During some of their free time during the Planetary Congress, delegates discover the rich cultural, artistic and scientific heritage of the host city.