IAF’s Participation in Galaxy Forum 2018 in Beijing


International Human Moon Missions and Astronomy from the Moon


On December 7, 2018, just a few hours before the Chinese Chang’e 4 launch to the Moon, the IAF participated in the Galaxy Forum 2018 in Beijing, China.

The forum was co-organized by the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA), the Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA), and the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NOAC) and saw the participation of about 200 people among which many young people including school classes were present.

Mr. Liwei YANG, first Chinese astronaut and Deputy Director of China Manned Space Agency (CMSA), gave an inspiring speech on his vision for Moon exploration.

IAF Executive Director, Dr. Christian Feichtinger presented the IAF, its history, its missions, its members as well as the events it organizes. He also gave an overview of international Moon missions and the concrete actions the Federation is undertaking to support and discuss Moon missions at the International Astronautical Congresses and at the Global Conferences.