This poster commemorates the 14th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE). The Congress took place October 19-23, 1998 in Brussels, Belgium. Bearing the authentic signatures of seventy-two of the participating astronauts from eighteen 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. One hundred forty-seven posters were signed at the 14th Congress.
The poster has two headings, the main heading in English at the top, with the 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 English at the top, they include Romanian, Dutch, Japanese, Czech, Arabic, Polish, Spanish, Hungarian, Kazakh, Vietnamese, Italian, Bulgarian, Afghan, 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 represents the Congress theme “Space and Education – A Message to the Youth.” The image shows a stylized spacecraft superimposed over a painting of Earth; the rays represent the critical link between knowledge, education and space exploration , particularly for tomorrow's explorers, the world's youth. The image illustrates the conviction of ASE members that space technologies and exploration not only benefit life on Earth but also educate and inspire students to academic excellence.
# in series: 147
Signature key included