Rijendra Thapa addresses at Planeray Session of 60th IAC ,12-16 October,2009 Daejeon,Republic of Korea

Rijendra Thapa of Nepal Astronomical Society(NASO) will be in Daejeon,Republic of Korea to participate 60th International Astronautical Congress during 12-16 October,2009.

We,Nepal Astronomical Society(NASO) are very honored as our member has been awarded The First International Astronautical Federation (IAF)Youth Grant.The IAF has awarded the Youth Grants to the ten students and young professionals including Rijendra Thapa from Nepal from over 130 well-qualified applicants from 35 countries.

The Student recipients are:

* Victoria Alonsoperez from Uruguay
* Minoo Rathnasabapathy from South Africa
* Anmol Sharma from India
* Rijendra Thapa from Nepal
* Yu Zhang from China

The Young Professional recipients are:

* Manuel Cuba from Peru
* Nicole Jordan Martinez from Colombia
* Etim Offiong from Nigeria
* Saida Salahova from Azerbaijan
* Thu Vu Trong from Vietnam

The purpose of this plenary session is to demonstrate how young professionals and students in space-related fields across the globe are contributing to the global space community. It is widely accepted that attracting young people into the aerospace workforce is vital to the industrial base of nations involved in space-related endeavours.

The panel will be comprised of four students and three young professionals, sharing their accomplishments and hopes for the future. These seven young people were chosen from videos that they created. Clips of those videos will be made into an introductory presentation.

Four students and three young professionals will comprise the panel, and the moderators will be a young professional and a student with impressive communications and group facilitation skills. Geographically, panelists will be drawn from Asia, Europe, South America, Australia and North America.

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