Nine cosmonauts from China, the United States, Germany, Russia and France have arrived in Minsk to discuss the preparations for the Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers, which is scheduled to take place in Belarus in September 2018. Among the invitees are about 350 people, including 150 cosmonauts. The program of the congress will include a plenary session, meetings of technical sections, and an exhibition of space technologies. Belarus’ initiative to host the 31st ASE Planetary Congress was approved last year by the session of the Association’s executive committee in Toulouse, France.