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ASE 2017 Annual Report



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Association of Space Explorers

  • About ASE
  • Purpose
  • Executive Committee
  • Members
  • Activities
  • Collectibles



Founded in 1985 by small group of US, Russian and international fliers,the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) is an international nonprofit professional and educational organization of over 400 flown astronauts and cosmonauts from 37 nations.

ASE activities are conducted under the auspices of the four regional chapters:

Association of Space Explorers – USA

Association of Space Explorers – Russia

Association of Space Explorers – Europe

Association of Space Explorers – Asia

Oversight is provided by the international Executive Committee and the regional Boards of Directors.


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Professional Association

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.

Environmental Awareness

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.



ASE International Executive Commmittee


Bonnie J. Dunbar (USA) – President
Alexander Alexandrov (Russia)
John-David Bartoe (USA)
Oleg Kotov (Russia)
André Kuipers (Netherlands)
Michael Lopez-Alegria (USA)
Sheikh Muszaphar (Malaysia)
Soichi Noguchi (Japan) 
Gerhard Thiele (Germany)
Michel Tognini (France)
Pavel Vinogradov (Russia)
Yang Liwei (China)


Executive Director


Andy Turnage


Executive Director, Russia


Tatiana Zharkova




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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 400 space fliers from 37 different countries, including Afghanistan, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, 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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ASE Distinguished Members

The ASE Distinguished Member (DM) recognizes ASE members who through their longstanding personal and professional efforts have significantly contributed to the mission, goals and objectives of the Association of Space Explorers. Distinguished Members are presented with a sterling silver and 14 ct gold ASE lapel pin, custom designed and produced only for the conferees.

Conferee Congress Year
Alexei Leonov, Rusty Schweickart XXII 2009
John Fabian XXIII 2010
Owen Garriott, Georgi Grechko XXV 2012
Charlie Walker XXVI 2013
Sultan bin Salman al-Saud XXVII 2014
Karol Bobko, Victor Savinykh XXVIII 2015
Dorin Prunariu, Thomas Stafford XXX 2017



ASE programs and activities are conducted under the auspices of the regional chapters. Globally, the international ASE coordinates the annual Planetary Congress, the ASE Near Earth Objects Committee, ASE membership and participation in the International Astronautical Federation and maintains ASE's Observer Status with the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

Planetary Congress

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.

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.

United Nations

ASE maintains Observer Status at the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and on the UN Economic and Social Council. ASE works closely with the UN COPUOS, its Scientific and Technical Subcommitee and Action Team -14 to develop and international response protocol for potential Earth- impacting asteroids.

International Astronautical Federation

ASE is a member of the International Astronautical Federation and ASE members and staff participate on the IAF Human Space Exploration and Life Sciences committees.



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 signatures 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!


Now I know why I am here

   Not for a closer look at the Moon,

        but to look back, at our home,

            the Earth

                    Al Worden, Apollo 15



Supporting STEM Education

International Cooperation

Planetary Stewardship


Upcoming Events:


ASE XXXI Congress
September 10-15, 2018
Minsk, Belarus

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