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World top scientists gather in Nicosia for International Space Summit on Mars

October 15, 2018 at 8:59am
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Top scientists from around the world gather this week in Nicosia for the International Space Summit.

The International Space Summit is organised by the Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO) as part of CSEO`s ongoing efforts to develop the sector on the island.

The summit will be attended by top-level scientists, such as the Chief Scientist of NASA James Green, the Director of Space Research Institute of Russia, the Minister of State of Advanced Sciences of the UAE, and other top officials and scientists from Europe, India and China.

This International Space Summit will take place on October 15-19. During their meetings in Cyprus, the scientists will discuss and decide the future of Mars space missions as well as international cooperation.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome our high level guests in Nicosia and this is a great honour for the Municipality of Nicosia. The gathering of such great personalities who are playing a major role in space exploration makes us particularly proud,” Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis told CNA.

He also congratulated CSEO President George Danos “for his tireless efforts” and wished every success in the conference.

President of CSEO George Danos has told the Cyprus News Agency that it is a great honour for Cyprus to host a conference of this level.

“Our Organisation has worked for years to put Cyprus dynamically in the space sector and these efforts are yielding results in the best possible way,” he said.

He added that the conference will discuss international co-operation for future exploration missions to Mars.

According to the scientific organising committee of the conference, CSEO offers the site and logistical framework for such a meeting in Nicosia, a place where many of the new players in Mars atmospheric research can easily meet in a friendly international environment: right at the edge of Europe, but close to Russia, Asia, the Middle East, and Northern Africa.

They have also invited representatives from other Mars missions and atmospheric research fields to present their outlook and available opportunities in a wider general brainstorming session and discuss future multi/spacecraft multi/instrument (space and ground based) collaborations on Mars.

The seminar in Cyprus intends to export a winning concept of multi-instrument multi-mission collaboration at Earth to another planet, and use the Mars Upper Atmosphere Network MUAN work-form to enable that.

Recently, Marcello Coradini, a renowned top ESA/NASA scientist and Chairman of the CSEO International Council, has told the Cyprus News Agency that Mars “is the ultimate goal, the only planet in our solar system where we can imagine humanity creating a new society.”

Coradini pointed out that the objective to get humans to Mars will not be easy.

“There is a lot of preparation to do, maybe the moon can be a stepping stone, testing some technologies, landing on asteroids, and mining asteroids can be another stepping stone. Mars is the ultimate goal, it is the planet that resembles the earth and it is the only planet in the solar system that we could imagine human beings settling again and creating a new society,” he stressed.

In 1991, the International Astronomical Union named asteroid 4598 after him for his contributions to asteroidal science and exploration.

(Cyprus News Agency)