- About ASE
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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.
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.
ASE International Executive Commmittee
Bonnie J. Dunbar (USA) – President
Alexander Alexandrov (Russia)
John-David Bartoe (USA)
Reinhold Ewald (Germany)
Oleg Kotov (Russia)
André Kuipers (Netherlands)
Michael Lopez-Alegria (USA)
Sheikh Muszaphar (Malaysia)
Soichi Noguchi (Japan)
Anton Shkaplerov (Russia)
Michel Tognini (France)
Yang Liwei (China)
Executive Director, Russia
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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.
|Alexei Leonov, Rusty Schweickart
|Owen Garriott, Georgi Grechko
|Sultan bin Salman al-Saud
|Karol Bobko, Victor Savinykh
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.
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.
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!