Starting from 2010, the Space Research Institute holds annual international symposia on Solar system exploration. Main topics of these symposia include wide range of problems related to formation and evolution of Solar system, planetary systems of other stars; exploration of Solar system planets, their moons, small bodies; interplanetary environment, astrobiology problems. Experimental planetary studies, science instruments and preparation for space missions are also considered at these symposia.

The Eight Moscow international Solar System Symposium (8M-S3) will be held from October 9 till 13, 2017. This year is marked by the 60th anniversary of the First satellite launch and the starting of Space era.

Subject matter of this symposium will cover many problems of the Solar system science with the central topic “Moon, Mars and Venus research”. This topic relates to scientific problems of several missions: “Mars Express”, “Venus Express”, the missions under development in Russia: “Luna-Glob”, “Luna-Resource”, “ExoMars 2016”( Roscosmos-ESA), which was launched on March 14, 2016, and “ExoMars 2020”( Roscosmos-ESA).