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ASE-Europe was founded in 2012, 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 support European educators and students and to promote education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM);

To promote and organize the establishment of regular and close contacts of Europeans within the Association and its international membership who are united by the experience of human orbital flight;

To better publicize and disseminate knowledge about the historic significance of Man’s entry into space and the European share in this venture.

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c/o International Space University
1 rue Jean-Dominique Cassini
67400 Illkirch-Graffenstaden



ASE – Europe Board of Directors

Michel Tognini – France (President)
Reinhold Ewald – Germany (Secretary)
Pedro Duque – Spain (Treasurer)
André Kuipers – The Netherlands
Andreas Mogensen – Denmark
Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu – Romania
Gerhard Thiele – Germany




ISS Crew Fund Scholarships

ASE Europe works with Space Generation Advisory Council SGAC to support young space professionals

One of the main missions of SGAC is to facilitate access to space conferences and workshops for students and young professionals. SGAC, in cooperation with the ISS Crew Fund, organised the 2017 ISS Crew Fund Scholarship that enabled five outstanding SGAC members to attend the 2nd European Space Generation Workshop in Paris, France. The ISS Crew Fund is under administration of ASE Europe. The money is intended to be used to provide opportunities of international cooperation also for the next generations of young space professionals and foster international cooperation for peaceful research and exploration of Space. Decisions are taken by a board composed of astronauts.

Read more about our five awardees!

European Astronaut Reunions


ASE-Europe coordinates and hosts the annual European Astronaut Reunion, an opportunity for European astronauts to promote the benefits of European endeavors in space and inspire the next generation of European astronauts, scientists and engineers.


Fourth European Astronaut Reunion
2017 / Lausanne & Geneva, Switzerland

Third European Astronaut Reunion
2016 / London, UK & Bucharest, Romania

Second European Astronaut Reunion
2015 / Milan, Italy

First European Astronaut Reunion
2014 / Munich, Germany


International Space University


ISU generously supports ASE by serving as the official host location of ASE-Europe.


The ASE ISU Scholarship is specifically intended to support young space professionals or students who have been accepted to the International Space University. The ISU scholarship is awarded by ASE – Europe, in coordination with the international Executive Committee.

ASE ISU Scholars

2013: Ms. Emmanuelle David
2014: Ms. Ana Cristina van Oijhuizen-Galhego Rosa
2015: Mr. Izan Peris Marti
2016: Ms. Praskovia Milova
2017: Ms. Beth Healey



Membership in ASE is open to individuals who have completed at least one orbit of the Earth in a spacecraft. ASE-Europe represents the community of flown astronauts and cosmonauts who are citizens or permanent residents of countries within the geographical boundaries of Europe. 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.

Full list of ASE-Europe and global membership

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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.

Contributions can be mailed to:

c/o International Space University
1 rue Jean-Dominique Cassini
67400 Illkirch-Graffenstaden

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Thank you!



Association of Space Explorers awards MSS Best Thesis award to Jenna Tiwana



The Association of Space Explorers (ASE), whose European regional chapter resides on the ISU campus, picked Jenna Tiwana's work as the Best Human Spaceflight related thesis at the ISU SSP. The award comes with a financial prize, which is generously sponsored by former ESA astronaut André Kuipers and his foundation in the Netherlands. 

ESA Astronaut and ISU faculty member Reinhold Ewald personally presented the award on behalf of ASE and encouraged Jenna and the other MSS 2017 graduates to continue in their efforts to advance space technology and research for the exploration of the solar system by making space missions safer and more feasible.

Read her paper

This beauty consists of subtle nuances,

   as in the miraculous balance of soft and

        brilliant hues. Only a child in its innocence

            could apprehend the purity and splendor of this vision.

                    Patrick Baudry, France




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50 Years of Humans in Space


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Upcoming Events:

ASE XXXI Congress
September 10-14, 2018
Minsk, Belarus

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