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Glasgow lands major space event
Rocket blast-off
The latest in space technology, including rockets, will be on show
Scientists from across the world will be touching down in Glasgow for a major space conference.

More than 2,000 delegates and 38,000 visitors are expected at 59th International Astronautical Congress, being held at the SECC in autumn 2008.

The five-day event is expected to generate 3m for the local economy.

It will feature an exhibition displaying the very latest in space technology including rockets, satellites and space suits.

The event has previously been held in Houston, Bremen and Vancouver, and is this year being staged in Fukuoka, Japan.

This is great news for the UK's scientists and space industries.
Rex Hall
British Interplanetary Society

Glasgow City Marketing Bureau chief executive Scott Taylor, who presented the bid to Japan's International Astronautical Federation (IAF) board, said: "The bidding process was three years in the making and one of the most intense that Glasgow has ever faced.

"The bid team in Japan went all out to win for Scotland and we are delighted to be bringing this prestigious conference back to the city."

Glasgow was up against Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham and London in the preliminary stages.

After being selected as the UK potential venue, it competed against the likes of Moscow and Lausanne in Switzerland before facing Milan in the final stage.

City councillor Alex Mosson said: "This is a marvellous win for Glasgow over what is considered to be one of the world's style capitals."

Rex Hall MBE, president of the British Interplanetary Society, which will organise the event, said: "This is great news for the UK's scientists and space industries.

"We now have an opportunity to host a truly prestigious event which will bring the world's space community to our shores for the first time in more than 20 years."

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