This poster commemorates the 11th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE). The Congress took place September 12-19, 1995 in Warsaw, Poland. Bearing the authentic signatures of forty-two of the participating astronauts from thirteen nations, it is part of a series of limited collector’s edition posters that have been produced and signed at each ASE Congress since the Association was founded in 1985. A total of 116 of these posters were signed at the 11th Congress.
The poster has two headings, the main heading in Polish at the top, with the English and Russian displayed at the bottom. Around the periphery are printed translations of “Association of Space Explorers” in the native languages of all individuals who have flown in space. Clockwise, from upper left with Russian at the top, they include Romanian, Dutch, Japanese, Czech, Arabic, Polish, Spanish, Hungarian, Kazakh, Vietnamese, Italian, Bulgarian, Afghani, Hindi, Mongolian, German and French. The background is taken from NASA archive photo # 83 HC 213 which has been used for each set of posters in the series.
The central image of the poster is the work of Polish artist Ireneusz Chmurzynski and represents the Congress theme "Space and Contemporary Society". The image features the likenesses of ASE Crystal Helmet award winners Pope John-Paul II, Lech Walensa and science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem as well as a group photo of ASE members who attended the 4th Congress in Bulgaria. The image illustrates the conviction of ASE members that space holds great promise both as a new environment for human and other life as well as a source of many benefits to life on Earth.
# in series: 118
Signature key included