Meetings With The Astronauts and Cosmonauts -  A Picture Gallery

54th International Astronautical Congress, Bremen/Germany

September 29 - Oktober 03, 2003

Tuesday, September 30, 2003: NASA press conference

Left: DLR chairman Sigmar Wittig, center: NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe,
right: astronaut candidate T.J. Creamer
in front of the DLR booth.

Sean O'Keefe, on Tuesday at the press conference about the Columbia accident.

Tuesday, September 30, 2003: Plenary Session
"Status and Outlook of the International Space Station Programme"

Left: Canadian astronaut and president of the Canadian Space Agency CSA, Marc Garneau (STS-41G, STS-77, STS-97)
Right: Director General of the Russian space agency Rosaviakosmos, Yuri Koptev

Wednesday, October 1, 2003: JAXA Foundation
On October 1st the foundation of the japanese space agency JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) was celebrated.
It was built from the three former organisations NASDA, ISAS and NAL.
JAXA celebrated this with sushi and rice wine.

The japanese astronaut Chiaki Mukai (STS-65, STS-95) was talking to the visitors at the JAXA booth.

Thursday, October 2, 2003: Plenary Session
"Handing Over To The Next Generation"

Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels (STS-61A) is the president of the ESA Space Education Office.

Friday, October 3, 2003: Symposium on History of Astronautics
This symposium was about the influence of German rocket developments on the history of space flight after World War II,
in the USA, in the USSR, in Great-Britain, in Australia, and elsewhere.

Left: the Russian rocket designer Boris E. Chertok was speaking about the influence of German rocket scientists on the Soviet Russian space history.
Right: the American space historian Frederick I. Ordway III was speaking about the German rocket scientists in the USA, from Fort Bliss and White Sands to Huntsville, and signed the new edition of his book "The Rocket Team".

Left: the German American space manager Jesco von Puttkamer was speaking about his time during the Apollo program in Huntsville.
Right: the Romanian cosmonaut Dumitru Prunariu (Soyuz 40/Salyut 6) was among the audience.

Friday, October 3 2003: Astronaut Session

left to right: Thomas Reiter (Soyuz TM-22/MIR), Barry Wilmore (candidate),
Chiaki Mukai (STS-65, STS-95), Umberto Guidoni (STS-75, STS-100), moderator

left to right: moderator, Ernst Messerschmid (STS-61A),
Michel Tognini (Soyuz TM-15/MIR, STS-93), Yuri Onufriyenko (Soyuz TM-23/MIR, STS-108/ISS-04)

In addition:

At the booth of the Ukrainian space agency was the former astronaut candidate Yaroslav Pustovyi (STS-87 backup),
who is now training for the first flight of the Canadian Arrow, one of the X-Prize aspirant.
(photo: Jürgen Peter Esders)

In addition the following astronauts and cosmonauts were seen at the congress:
Shannon Lucid (STS-51G, STS-34, STS-43, STS-58, STS-76/MIR/STS-79)
James Buchli (STS-51C, STS-61A, STS-29, STS-48)
Jean-Jacques Favier (STS-78)
Ulrich Walter (STS-55)

In Memoriam STS-107 Columbia

Some of the prominent guests signed my picture in memoriam of the crew of STS-107 Columbia
(click on the image to enlarge - 130 kByte)


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Updated:  2003/12/31