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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 395 astronauts and cosmonauts from 36 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)
Bo Bobko (USA)
Bonnie Dunbar (USA)
Reinhold Ewald (Germany)
Christer Fuglesang (Sweden)
Oleg Kotov (Russia)
Sheikh Muszaphar (Malaysia)
Oleg Novitski (Russia)
Dumitru Prunariu (Romania)
Yang Liwei (China)


Executive Director


Andy Turnage


Executive Director, Russia


Natalja Kuleshova




Association of Space Explorers
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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 395 space fliers from 36 different countries, including Afghanistan, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, 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



Come join the astronaut band Max Q and the world's astronauts and cosmonauts in Stockholm, Sweden on September 23rd for light snacks, refreshments and a concert benefit to support the educational and scholarship programs of the Association of Space Explorers!

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Location: Tändstickspalatset, Stockholm
Västra Trädgårdsgatan 15
111 53 Stockholm

Time: 5:30 - 8:00

Event Schedule

5:30 pm Explorers Reception ($500 contribution)

Meet the astronauts, cosmonauts and the out-of-this world astronaut band members of Max Q in a private, backstage setting; enjoy a glass of wine and hors'deovres with your favorite space explorer...or meet a new one!

To enhance the quality of your time with the fliers, the Explorers Reception will offer a very limited number of tickets (20) for this portion of the event. Tickets to the Explorers Reception include admission to the Reunion Party.

We will have special door prizes and gift bags for Explorers Reception participants!

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6:45 - 8 pm Reunion Party ($100 contribution)

Join us for the first European reunion and performance of the astronaut band Max Q! We will also have light snacks, door prizes, and an auction of space and astronaut mementos!

Participating astronauts and cosmonauts will be available for photos, autographs and book signings...bring your space collectibles!

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Max Q
Chris Hadfield (Canada)
Susan Helms (USA)
Micki Pettit (USA)
Carl Walz (USA)
Plus additional participating international astronaut-musicians – join us to find out who they are!

Guest Performers: Bonnie Dunbar, Rebecca Henricks, Yuri Usachev

Additional Participating Astronauts: Anousheh Ansari (USA), John-David Bartoe (USA), John Fabian (USA),Tom Jones (USA), Richard Richards (USA) and many more! Check back as this list grows!


• USA: Alaskan Bush Flight & Glacier Tour with Space Shuttle astronaut and pilot Bill Oefelein
• France: Aerial Tour of Chartres Cathedral with French astronaut and pilot Michel Tognini
• USA: Aerial Tour of the Shenandoah Valley with Space Shuttle astronaut and pilot Tom Jones
• USA: Tour of the National Air & Space Museum and Orbiter Discovery with with Space Shuttle astronaut Tom Jones
• USA: Colorado Rockies Front Range Aerial Tour with Space Shuttle astronaut and pilot Jim Voss

• Romaine Jerome MoonDust DNA Chronograph
• ASE XXVIII Congress (Sweden) Collector's Edition Poster
• ASE XXVI Congress (Germany) Collector's Edition Poster
Alexei Leonov Signed EVA 50th Anniversary Commemorative

• ASE Home Planet Collector's Edition (New) )with Signature Plate
• Space-flown Windows on Earth Program Patch
• ASE XXVIII Congress Patch
• ISS Expedition 2 Signed Crew Poster
• ISS Expedition 2 Montage with Flown Crew Patch

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:

September 20–27, 2015
Stockholm, Sweden