National Space Symposium a Decidely International Affair

Biggest players in space industry gather in Colorado

An international who’s-who of the space industry is at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs this week at the 25th annual National Space Symposium. The biggest players in civilian and military aerospace are attending, including NASA execs, the director of the European Space Agency and even one of China’s Taikonauts.

China’s Shenzhou 7 Manned Space Flight Team, which packed a number of “firsts” for the Chinese space program into a single mission, will receive the 2009 Space Achievement Award at the Symposium tonight.

A delegation from China led by Dr. Zhou Jianping, chief designer of the China Manned Space Program, and including Taikonaut Zhai Zhigang will accept the award.

In addition, Dr. Zhou will participate in the symposium’s International Space Agencies Look to The Next Space Age panel discussion on April 2 where he will discuss China’s current and future plans for manned space flight.

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