On 12 April 2022, ISU started its 35th birthday year. With 12 April 1961 as the date of the first human in space (Yuri Gagarin) and 12 April 1981 with the first Shuttle flight (Columbia) we can add 12 April 1987 as another important milestone in the short space history, namely the creation of the International Space University (ISU) by its founders Peter Diamandis, Todd Hawley and Bob Richards!
A number of events are planned during this year both at the Space Studies Program (SSP) in Lisbon, Portugal, including the alumni conference as well as in Strasbourg. The day itself had to be celebrated at ISU central campus with the Master of Space Studies MSS22 students and ISU staff and faculty. Past president Prof. Walter Peeters – the master of ceremonies – introduced a surprise video address by ISU co-founder – Dr. Peter Diamandis – which spiced up the celebrations!
The candles of the traditional birthday cake were lit by MSS22 students, and all reminisced those first 35 years and more importantly discussed the future of this unique International Space University that they are very proud to belong to.