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Association of Space Explorers

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

 


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Founded in 1985 by small group of US, Russian and international fliers who met in Cernay, France, the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) is an international nonprofit professional and educational organization of over 400 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.

 

 

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.

Education

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

 

Soichi Noguchi (Japan) – President
Alexander Alexandrov (Russia)
John-David Bartoe (USA)
Bonnie Dunbar (USA)
Reinhold Ewald (Germany)
Christer Fuglesang (Sweden)
Oleg Kotov (Russia)
Michael Lopez-Alegria (USA)
Sheikh Muszaphar (Malaysia)
Oleg Novitski (Russia)
Dumitru Prunariu (Romania)
Yang Liwei (China)

Franz Viehbock (Austria) pro tempore

 

Executive Director

 

Andy Turnage

 

Executive Director, Russia

 

Natalja Kuleshova

 

Contact

 

Association of Space Explorers
141 Bay Area Blvd.
Webster, TX 77598
281 280 8172
astronauts@space-explorers.org

 

 

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.

Conferees 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
Viktor Savinykh, Bo Bobko XXVIII 2015

 

 


 

Come join the world's astronauts and cosmonauts at the Urania Observatory in Vienna, Austria on October 5th, 2016 for dinner and a silent auction to support the educational and scholarship programs of the Association of Space Explorers and the Austrian Space Forum!

Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Location: Urania Observatory
Uraniastrasse 1, Eingang Turmstiege
1010 Vienna

Event Schedule

7 pm Explorers Dinner - The Physics of Cooking
 

Renowned chef, physicist and Urania host Werner Gruber will describe the unique science and physics behind the preparation of your meal, which you will enjoy in the company of flown astronauts and cosmonauts from a variety of nations, cultures and professional backgrounds.

Guests will receive a special, signed memento and a photograph with the astronauts and cosmonauts at your table.

 
 
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8:30 pm Explorers Rendezvous
 

Join ASE, ASF and a select group of flown astronauts and cosmonauts for a unique and exclusive opportunity to mingle and enjoy light hors d 'oeuvres with your favorite space explorer ... or meet a new one!  

Our astronaut and cosmonaut members will be happy to sign autographs, take photos with you and answer your questions about their spaceflight experiences.

We will have special door prizes for Explorers Rendezvous participants!

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Here is a list of astronauts and cosmonauts attending the XXIX Congress (note: the list of fliers participating at the Explorers Dinner will be updated as we move closer to the event and will be published here).

The 2016 Explorers Auction catalog will be available September 1, 2016. Here are some of the experiences, flown items and collectibles we expect to offer in this year's auction:

Astronaut Experiences
• USA: Golf and Napa Valley Tour with Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart
• France: Aerial Tour of Chartres Cathedral with French astronaut and pilot Michel Tognini
• USA: Aerial Tour of the Shenandoah National Park with Space Shuttle astronaut and pilot Tom Jones
• USA: Tour of the National Air & Space Museum and Orbiter Discovery with Space Shuttle astronaut Tom Jones

Flown Items
• Flown STS 37 Space Shuttle Crew Shirt
• Flown STS 101 Space Shuttle Crew Shirt
• Flown STS 61-A Space Shuttle Crew Shirt
• Flown STS 88 Flag and Montage
• Flown (MIR Space Station) ASE Logo Patch


Collectibles

• Romaine Jerome MoonDust DNA Chronograph
• Alexei Leonov Signed EVA 50th Anniversary Commemorative

• ISS Expedition 2 Signed Crew Photo
• Chris Hadfield Signed CD – Space Oddity
• STS 51-D Mission Wall Plaque

• Tom Jones Signed Book "Ask the Astronaut"


Questions? Contact us!

 

 

 

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

 

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Upcoming Events:

ASE XXIX Congress
October 3-7, 2016
Vienna, Austria

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