- About Us
As the only professional association for space fliers, ASE supports the advancement of space exploration by providing opportunities for communication among space professionals at the international level. ASE works closely with other space organizations to expand and invigorate international dialogue on such issues as crew safety, operational compatibility, and the potential hazards of near earth objects. ASE regularly sponsors international discussions among astronauts and cosmonauts on space flight operations.
With respect to education, ASE seeks to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and inspire in students a life-long commitment to educational excellence. ASE provides opportunities for its members to share their knowledge and experiences with the general public, and in particular with tomorrow’s leaders – the world’s children. In 2013, ASE initiated an international scholarship fund to support STEM and space education worldwide.
ASE considers it important to provide its members with opportunities to communicate their unique perspective of Earth to help stimulate humanity’s sense of responsibility for our home planet. ASE activities in support of environmental awareness and better planetary stewardship include the Windows on Earth project, the ASE Near Earth Object mitigation effort, publication of the international best-selling book The Home Planet, partnership in the “Arbor Project” international forest conservation effort, and sponsorship of environmental films, projects and videos.
The Association of Space
Explorers (ASE) is an international nonprofit
professional and educational organization of over 375 astronauts and cosmonauts from 35 nations.
Founded in 1985 by small group of US, Russian and international fliers meeting in Cernay, France, ASE's mission is to:
provide a forum for
professional dialogue among individuals who have flown in
to support space science and exploration for the
benefit of all;
to promote and support education in science, technology, engineering and
to foster environmental awareness and planetary stewardship; and
to encourage international cooperation in the human
exploration of space.
Membership in ASE is open to individuals who have completed at least one orbit of the Earth in a spacecraft.
ASE is represented by over 375 space fliers from 35 different countries, including Afghanistan, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.
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Windows on Earth
Windows on Earth is a museum and web-delivered 3D interactive Earth visualization system with four learning goals: 1) Earth literacy – learning about Earth’s processes and understanding Earth as a dynamic, integrated system; 2) Visual literacy –working with visual information (Earth imagery) as a source of data; 3) Spirit of exploration – experiencing the joy, fascination and personally-driven curiosity that drive further Earth exploration; 4) Planetary stewardship – embracing and internalizing our connections with our home planet Earth and our individual roles in protecting it.
ASE Near Earth Objects Committee
The ASE NEO Committee promotes inter-space agency planning for NEO deflection, and is active in United Nations discussions aimed at a decision-making agreement to deal with hazardous objects.
The all-inclusive annual ASE Planetary Congress, held in a different host country each year, has a long history as the premier forum for astronauts and cosmonauts from all spacefaring nations to meet and exchange information about their respective space agencies, human spaceflight operations and future plans for exploration beyond low earth orbit.
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ASE offers several unique astronaut and cosmonaut signed collectibles.
AstroNotes: Send the Gift of Inspiration!
AstroNotes offers a personalized inscription and autograph – a valuable and historic collectible appropriate for any special oocasion – from the very few in human history who have viewed the Earth from space. AstroNotes supports ASE's global scientific and education outreach activities, from Near Earth Object (NEO) hazard mitigation to ASE scholarships for students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Please join ASE in inspiring tomorrow's explorers, scientists, and innovative thinkers!
ASE Congress Commemorative Posters
The ASE Planetary Congress posters feature the authentic and original signatures of the astronauts and cosmonauts who attended that Congress. These unique and extremely rare posters are part of a series of limited Collector's Edition posters that have been signed at each ASE Congress since the association was founded in 1985. Some editions contain the signtatures of well-known space travelers such as Buzz Aldrin, Pete Conrad, Scott Carpenter, Charlie Duke, Alexei Leonov, Jim Lovell, Tom Stafford, Valentina Tereshkova and many others!
ASE plays an important role in this period of uncertainty about the future of human space flight. Major decisions any single nation will define the path and resources for future international exploration.
ASE’s role as the primary forum for professional exchange among astronauts and cosmonauts will be increasingly relevant, and necessary, as we leverage international capabilities to fly beyond low Earth orbit. With your support, ASE will continue to contribute both leadership and vision as humanity moves outward from our home planet and toward the stars.
ASE is grateful for the generous support of its individual and corporate contributors. ASE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution today!
Contributions can be mailed to:
Association of Space Explorers
600 Gemini Avenue
Houston, TX 77058
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Thanks to the ASE NEO Committee for organizing last week's asteroid defense panel at AMNH in New York. See the NEO Committee page for a press roundup.
ASE Near Earth Objects committee will discuss defending the Earth from rogue asteroids this Friday at the American Museum of Natural History with Neil deGrasse Tyson moderating.
ASE is proud to become a member of the International Astronautical Federation!
ASE welcomes Mark Polansky as Life Member of the Association!
ASE welcomes Clay Anderson as Life Member of the Association!
ASE welcomes Jeff Wisoff as a Life Member of the Association