Over 800 space-scientists from 30 different countries gathered in Stockholm August 15 for the opening of the 11th International Astronautical Congress.
SV PAN.. The Congress Bureau crowded with delegates
SV US weather satellite chart
SV Men in US satellite exhibition room
SV Man looks at Deacon Rocket Head
CU PAN.. "The Deacon"
SCU "Arcas" satellite compared with small light meter
SCU Mr. Blagonravov (USSR) arrives for the conference and speaks to Porter (USA)
SCU Blagonravov and Barinov
STV USSR delegates seated
SCU von Braun and wife arrive
STV Braun shakes hands with Sedov (USSR, President of the Congress)
SCU Braun and wife seated
SV Trumpeters open the congress
SV Sedov and interpreter make opening speech
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Background: Over 800 space-scientists from 30 different countries gathered in Stockholm August 15 for the opening of the 11th International Astronautical Congress. Professor Sir Harrie Massey, of University College, London, was chosen to present the inaugural lecture.
Space experts from Washington and Moscow were among his audience, as Sir Harri - spokesman of a country yet to launch its first satellite - delivered a broad review of "science research using space vehicles". His underlying message was that rocket engineers had provided such powerful tools for the space scientists that there was already more than enough research to keep everyone busy "for hundreds of years".
In the technical sessions, to begin the next day, eighty papers were to be given including factual reports of United States rocket programmes and Soviet accounts of some of the scientific results obtained by sputniks and other means.
On the list of Congress delegates, some 384 American names appear, while only six Soviets are registered.