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13 May 1999

Astronauts, Actors, And Worldwide Space Activists To Gather Over Memorial Day Weekend In Houston for 18th Annual Conference

On May 27, 1999, the 18th International Space Development Conference (ISDC) will convene at the Hobby Radisson Hotel in Houston, Texas. The five-day conference, organized by the National Space Society (NSS), marks 25 years of pro-space advocacy. A Sunday evening gala banquet will mark the Society's anniversary with astronauts, actors, and space activists from around the world.

Other conference highlights include:

  • welcome reception hosted by this year's corporate sponsor, SGI (May 27);
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics symposium (May 28);
  • celebration of Apollo 10 30th anniversary with crew members (May 28);
  • "Dreams to Reality" banquet with science fiction authors (May 29);
  • debut of NSS 25th anniversary poster by noted space artist, Robert McCall;
With the conference located close to the NASA Johnson Space Center, over eighty speakers will discuss a variety of issues ranging from the International Space Station to missions to Mars. Scheduled speakers include: NSS Chairman and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin; NSS President and astronaut Dan Brandenstein; Award-winning science fiction writer and Mars Pathfinder scientist Geoffrey Landis; three-time shuttle astronaut and former NSS President Charles Walker; Author of "The Case for Mars" Robert Zubrin; Apollo 10 crew members Thomas Stafford, John Young, and Eugene Cernan; former NASA flight director Chris Kraft; science fiction authors Catherine Asaro and Robert Forward; "Babylon 5" actor and NSS Governor Bruce Boxleitner;

Advance registration is preferable. Registration, as well as the updated conference agenda and full speaker list, is available via the NSS website at or on America Online at keyword: "NSS". The National Space Society promotes change in social, technical, economic, and political conditions to advance the day when people will live and work in space.

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