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Professor Mikhail Panasyuk, 1945 - 2020

COSPAR is saddened to announce the demise of Professor Mikhail Panasyuk, COSPAR Vice-President from 2018.  Condolences may be sent to

43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly: COSPAR 2021 - Hybrid

COSPAR 2021-Hybrid, Sydney, Australia, 28 January - 4 February 2021 and 24/7 wherever you are.  In Conversation with COSPAR President L.A. Fisk and COSPAR 2021 LOC Chair, R. Boyce.  Listen and watch the full conversation as they share with you what is in store for you at COSPAR-2021-Hybrid.  A short teaser is also available.  Deadline for uploading short summary presentation:  30 November 2020.  Deadline for full presentation uploads:  31 December 2020.  Further information at


Advances in Space Research - Special Issues

New call for papers for special issue of ASR:

COSPAR Smallsat Town Hall Webinars

The COSPAR Task Group on establishing a Constellation of Small Satellites (TGCSS) will hold three webinars to explore this concept.  The Asia/Oceania sector took place 29 September 2020, and the American zone webinar took place 2 September. Watch the respective videos at and  Q&As from the Asia/Oceania town hall may be read here. The European/Mid-East/Africa sector will follow with dates still to be determined.  To anticipate attendance levels, those interested in the European/Mid-East/Africa webinar should express their interest by sending a message to COSPAR.

2020 Nobel Laureates: Free Access to Papers Published in ASR

COSPAR congratulates the laureates of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics.  All have published in Advances in Space Research (ASR), and we invite you to read for free a selection of these papers.

International Science Council (ISC) Announces New Awards Program

COSPAR's mother organization, the International Science Council (ISC), is pleased to announce the creation of its new awards program.

Updated COSPAR Policy on Planetary Protection

The COSPAR Bureau approved an updated Policy on Planetary Protection on 17 June 2020.  The updated version of the policy and an introductory note are published in Space Research Today, No 208, August 2020, Pages 10-22.  The Introductory Note and the most recent version of the COSPAR Policy on Planetary Protection are also available from the Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP) web page.

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