The annual conference of the Association of Space Explorers kicked off on Monday in the Turkish city of Bursa, in the presence of dozens of astronauts and industry leaders from different countries.
The 34th Planetary Conference of the Association of Space Explorers, which continues until Friday, has brought together more than 70 representatives from about 20 countries who will participate in a series of technical sessions, seminars and student meetings.
Many prominent global names in the space industry, including Chinese astronaut Fei Junlong, are scheduled to share their experiences.
In his opening speech, Turkish Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Cagir urged the global community to work together and develop the space industry.
"We must ensure that everyone benefits from space technologies and has access to technology without leaving anyone behind," Kager said.
The semi-official Anadolu Agency reported that Turkey's first two astronauts, Albert Geziravci and Tova Cihangir Atasevir, will also attend the event as part of their training program.
Founded in 1985, the Association of Space Explorers is an international professional and educational non-profit organization that aims to promote international cooperation in space exploration.