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, Dr. Christian Feichtinger, IAF Executive Director, and Mrs. Elena Feichtinger, IAF Projects Manager and Special Advisor participated in the Galaxy Forum Hainan 2018: China held from 4 – 7 December 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 Chinese Academy of Sciences (NOAC) and saw the participation of about 200 people among which many young people including school classes were present.
The main purpose of the event was to identify and support the missions, entreprises, individuals and resources most needed to get humanity on the Moon as soon as reasonably possible.
Dr. 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.
Amongst the speakers was also present Mr. Liwei YANG, first Chinese astronaut and Deputy Director of China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) who gave an inspiring speech on his experience as astronaut as well as his vision on the Moon exploration.