V Congress of the Association of Space Explorers
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
November 11-15, 1989

The members discussed the need for improved international networking of unmanned orbital observation platforms as well as the role of human optical monitoring of the environment from space, the benefits of accessing lunar and asteroidal materials, and the relatively low level of public appreciation of the benefits derived from space research and development. The members shared the view that their first-hand observations of the Earth's environment and its visible degradation had enhanced their awareness of our planet as a single entity, the only home we have, in need of a common human effort to preserve it.

The third day of the Congress was devoted to the topic of space rescue. In the all-day session co-chaired by John-David Bartoe (US) and Alexander Alexandrov (Bulgaria), seven speakers shared their solutions to the challenges involved in implementing an international space rescue system. The session, the first in which outside experts were called in to give papers at an ASE Congress, resulted in the Statement on Universal Space Rescue .

The fourth day of the Congress was the designated Community Day, as members spoke on topics in their fields of expertise at dozens of educational institutions from elementary to university level in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dharan. In the late afternoon, Rusty Schweickart (US), Alexei Leonov (USSR), Ulf Merbold (FRG), Georgi Ivanov (Bulgaria), Sultan al-Saud (Saudi Arabia), Yash Pal and guest author Arthur C. Clarke participated in a live, two-way teleconference discussion with reporters and science writers in Washington, New York and Atlanta.

At the spectacular multi-media Award Ceremony that evening, the ASE presented its Annual Planetary Award to Yash Pal and also issued a special recognition award to Arthur C. Clarke. Clarke, who earlier in the Congress had dazzled the members with a slide show and film of a colorful journey into the computer-generated graphic depths of the Mandelbot set fractal, commented that he felt this award to be a greater honor than the Nobel Prize. Rusty Schweickart, who stepped down from the executive committee after the Congress was presented a teak microcomputer diskette box with an engraved brass plaque honoring his years of service and dedication to the ASE.

In addition to the work completed on space rescue, the Congress approved the nominations of new executive committee members John Fabian (US), Ernst Messerschmid (FRG) and Bertalan Farkas (Hungary). The members also expressed their desire to develop an ASE database containing member information and photographic images from space. The ASE also welcomed into its ranks Joe Allen (US), Don Lind (US), Jon McBride (US), James van Hoften (US) Viktor Gorbatko (USSR), Sergei Krikalev (USSR), Musa Manarov (USSR), Valeri Ryumin (USSR), Viktor Savinykh (USSR), Vladimir Shatalov (USSR), Vladimir Titov (USSR), Alexander Volkov (USSR), Reinhard Furrer (FRG) and Rakesh Sharma (India).

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