Today in History – September 30, 1950 – 1st Congress of the IAF (international Aeronautic Federation) in Paris. (1) 

30 September 1950 – The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) was founded in 1951, when scientists from the field of space research gathered in an attempt to ensure a constant dialogue between the space nations, regardless of political turmoil.

In its early years, the Federation and its annual International Astronautical Congresses – better known as the IAC – were one of few fora where East and West could meet during the Space Race. In 2021, the IAF will mark its 70th Anniversary and, throughout all these years, it has continued to witness history through the remarkable achievements of its member organizations. (2)


Sources: (1); (2) IAF: International Astronautical Federation ( 

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