The Association of Space Explorers (ASE) is organizing the 35th ASE Planetary Congress from September 30th to October 6th, 2024, in Noordwijk and Amsterdam. The host for this event is the Dutch astronaut André Kuipers.
ASE is an association comprising over four hundred astronauts from 38 different countries. They aim to engage and inspire as many people as possible in science, technology, innovation, sustainability, and the space industry through their annual congress.
The program includes various informative sessions, most of which are open to the general public and will be livestreamed. Additionally, several challenges will be introduced, including “NL MOONSHOTS ’24.” Students at all levels will be encouraged to develop their own moonshot – a smart, innovative solution to a societal challenge. Inspired by an astronaut’s unique perspective in space, moonshots can encompass various topics, from Earth and humanity to technology, artificial intelligence, and more. The students will receive guidance from one of the astronauts.
During the congress, an assignment for the 2024/2025 school year will be launched for all “Vakkanjers” (skilled professionals) in primary and secondary education: Space Challenges. After conducting research, students will work on designing and building satellites and rovers, exploring space and technology. On the traditional Community Day, astronauts will visit educational institutions, research institutes, and businesses.
The ASE Planetary Congress 2024 and NL MOONSHOTS ’24 are supported by the GIN partner Netherlands Space Office (NSO) with resources from the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science, as well as the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.