Recap: 36th Annual ISDC, in St. Louis, MO, USA, May 25-29, 2017
Recap: the St. Louis Space Frontier (an awesome chapter of the National Space Society) hosted the 36th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) from May 25-29, 2017, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Located in a different metropolitan area each year, the ISDC is always an interesting, informal, and exciting conference of space peeps of all ages from across the USA and from around the world. After a selection of tours of locations in the St. Louis metro area (including the Gateway Arch) over 130! speakers were engaged with several hundred attendees throughout this gathering of NASA, ESA, Commercial Spaceflight, and University space leaders, who had audiences of each other, as well as knowledgeable students and adults from the general public who traveled from near and far to meet and hear them.
Where else can you meet and mingle with astronauts, the director of the European Space Agency (ESA), a co-founder of a Commercial Spaceflight company, the leaders of the team that are studying the TRAPPIST-1 star system, and numerous scientists, engineers, and more, at the same time??? Add people from the general public that you may have communicated with on social media, and nightly space parties, and you might understand why the last day of an ISDC tends to be a sad occasion. We have to wait a year before we can do this again!
Also, this photo captured the moment when four representatives from the National Space Society of North Texas (NSS-NT) earned one of the top two NSS chapter awards – for the fifth year in a row!
Whether or not you accepted my request to meet me in St. Louis in 2017, you are now invited to the 37th annual ISDC in Los Angeles in May 2018!