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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 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.


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




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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.

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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Rendezvous (only)

Here is a list of astronauts and cosmonauts attending the XXIX Congress.

We expect 20-25 astronauts and cosmonauts at each event. As of September 2, that list includes but is not limited to:

John-David Bartoe, STS 51-F
Bonnie J. Dunbar, STS 61-A, STS 32, STS 50, STS 71, STS 89
John Fabian, STS 7, STS 51-G
Michael Lopez-Alegria, STS 73, STS 92, STS 113/Expedition 14
Sandra Magnus, STS 112, STS 126, STS 135
Bruce McCandless II, STS 41-B, STS 31
Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, Soyuz 40

(note: the list of fliers participating at the Explorers Dinner will be updated here as we get closer to the event).

The 2016 Explorers Auction catalog is now available! We will be adding items throughout September and there will be a few surprise items at the event that even we don't know about– please check back frequently!

If you have any questions about the astronaut participants or items in the auction catalog, please send us an email!

Astronaut Experiences

• USA: Weekend for two and NASA Tours in Houston, Texas with Space Shuttle Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar
• 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: Tour of the NASM Dulles Annex with Space Shuttle astronaut and pilot Tom Jones
• USA: Tour of the National Museum of the USAF with Space Shuttle astronaut Mark Brown
• USA: Alaskan bush flight with Space Shuttle Astronaut and pilot Bill Oefelein

Flown Items

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


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

• ISS Expedition 2 Signed Crew Photo
• Collector's Edition ASE Planetary Congress Posters
• Signed Photographs

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







Upcoming Events:

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



ASE Annual Report - 2015