4 October 1957 the launch of Sputnik-1 marked the beginning of the Space Era of mankind.

To commemorate the event Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI) holds the International Forum “Sputnik: 60 Years Along the Path of Discoveries”, which would examine the evolution of our ideas about the Earth, Solar system, other stars, galaxies, and the Universe over the recent six decades. The main fields and issues of modern space research will be covered in the talks, given by prominent experts in the field of space science.


October 3, Tuesday
09:00Registration Opens 
09:30-10:30GreetingsIgor Komarov (Roscosmos), Lennard Fisk (COSPAR), Mikhail Kotyukov (FANO), Mikhail Shvydkoi (special representative of the President of Russia for international cultural collaboration)
10:30-11:15Lev ZelenyiLegacy of Sputnik
11:15-12:00Roger-Maurice BonnetSolar physics: the space revolution
12:15-13:00Rashid SunyaevX-Ray and microwave sky surveys in the interest of cosmology: synergy and competition
13:00-13:45Ji WuSpace weather
13:45-14:30Tamas GombosiSolar-planetary interactions
15:30-16:15Joerg BuechnerMagnetic reconnection: observations and modeling
16:15-17:00Charles Kennel,
Michael Malkov
Collisionless shocks
17:15-18:00Michael PanasyukRadiation in space: the dramatic success of the pioneers
18:00-18:45Nikolai KardashevAstrophysics, cosmology, intelligence with space telescopes and interferometers Radioastron and Millimetron
October 4, Wednesday
09:30-10:15Rosine LallementSolar system - Interstellar medium connection: past and recent aspects
10:15-11:00James GreenPlanets and their satellites
11:00-11:45James Head,
Carle Pieters
Geological evolution of the terrestrial planets: 60 years of exploration and understanding
12:15-13:00Oleg OrlovSpace medicine: along the path opened by Sputnik
13:00-13:45Evgeny LupianSystems and technologies of Earth remote sensing from space: stages of development and contemporary capabilities
13:45-14:30Gerard Mourou,
Toshi Ebisuzaki,
Marco Casolino,
Alexander Sergeev
Space debris problem and possible methods for its solution
14:30-15:30General discussion and wrap-upSpace science: visions of the future
15:30-18:00Lunch, free time
18:00-22:00State Kremlin Palace

Associated events:
  • October 5-6, 2017 - International Symposium «Studies of the Moon, planets and small bodies of the Solar system with spacecraft»
    V.P. Glushko Cosmonautics and Rocket Technology Museum, Petropavlovskaya Fortress, St. Petersburg
    Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg
  • October 7, 2017, 12:00-15:00 - Door Open Day
      Public lectures:
      • Sergey Pulinets. Is it possible to make an earthquake forecast from space?
      • Sergey Bulat. Searching for "extraterrestrial" life in Vostok underglacial lake and beneath the Antarctic ice sheet
      Exhibition tours
    Space Research Institute, Profsoyuznaya 84/32, Moscow
  • October 9–13, 2017 - 8th Moscow Solar System Symposium (8MS3)
    Space Research Institute, Profsoyuznaya 84/32, Moscow
    For detailed program and registration, please, visit https://ms2017.cosmos.ru
The programm succeeds the ideas of International Forum “Space: Science and Challenges of the XXI Century” dedicated to the 50th anniversary of space era (1-5 October 2007). The conferences and sessions held by 8 participating organizations encompassed main branches of modern space science. Two books were published:
  1. «Space: The First Step. Collection of essays devoted to the 50th Anniversary of First Artificial Earth Satellite - Sputnik launch».
  2. «Fifty Years of Space Research. Proceedings of the International Forum “Space: Science and Challenges of the XXI Century” dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Sputnik launch».
Organizers: Sponsors: Ñontact: sputnik60@cosmos.ru
Scientific sessions on Oct. 3-4 are held at Space Research Institute (IKI), Conference Hall.
Address: 84/32 Profsoyuznaya Str, Moscow, Russia, Entrance 4 (passport is required).
The event at Kremlin upon invitation.
Entrance to the Doors Open Day at IKI is free.

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