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The global space community gathered in Paris, without Russia

The 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the most important space event in the world bringing together several thousand representatives from all continents, will open in Paris on Sunday in the absence of official representation from Russia. The last edition was held in Dubai. As a consequence of the war in Ukraine, there will be no official participation from Russia and its space agency Roscosmos, unlike previous editions of the IAC. The Russians “did not ask to participate, so we did not have to refuse”, detailed Lionel Suchet, Deputy Director General of CNES (National Center for Space Studies). A few dozen Russian participants, on the other hand, obtained individual visas to attend the symposium and present scientific publications in particular.

The 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the most important space event in the world bringing together several thousand representatives from all continents, will open in Paris on Sunday in the absence of official representation from Russia. The last edition was held in Dubai. As a result of the war in Ukraine, there will be no participation…