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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia




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ASE – Asia was founded in 2013, in recognition of the achievements of ASE to unify the efforts of astronauts and cosmonauts to reinforce international cooperation in the exploration and use of space for the good of mankind. Its purpose is:

To promote regular and close contact between Asian members of the ASE;

To publicize and disseminate knowledge about the historic significance of human spaceflight among Asian countries.


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ASE – Asia's mission is:

To provide a forum for professional dialogue among individuals who have flown in space;

To support space science and exploration for the benefit of all;

To promote and support education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM);

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-Asia represents the community of flown astronauts and cosmonauts who are citizens or permanent residents of countries within the geographical boundaries of Asia and Asia Minor.

The regional chapters of ASE function independently under the general direction and guidance of the international Executive Committee. The chapters are represented on the Executive Committee and are responsible for developing and supporting ASE activities and engaging member astronauts and cosmonauts in the respective regions.

Founding Members


Soichi Noguchi (President) – Japan
Sheikh Muszaphar (Secretary) – Malaysia


Toyohiro Akiyama – Japan
Jugderdemidyn Gurragchaa – Mongolia
Chiaki Mukai – Japan
Sultan bin Salman – Saudi Arabia
Rakesh Sharma – India
Koichi Wakata – Japan
Yi Soyeon – Republic of Korea

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ASE – Asia Regional Astronaut Reunion

ASE-Asia will host its first regional astronaut reunion in conjunction with the Saudi Aerospace & Technology Conference in October, 2015.

ASE Near Earth Objects Committee

Members of ASE–Asia support the international ASE Committee on Near Earth Objects (NEO), which 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.

Planetary Congress

Members of ASE-Asia have hosted annual Planetary Congresses and regularly contribute technical content on the status of Asian human space flight endeavors. 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 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.

Contributions can be mailed to:

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600 Gemini Avenue
Houston, TX 77058

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Thank you!

On the first day, we all pointed to our countries,

   On the third day, we all pointed to our continents,

            By the fifth day, we were aware of only one Earth

                   HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman al-Saud




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Upcoming Events:

ASE XXX Congress
October 16-20, 2017
Toulouse, France

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