ASE PLANETARY CONGRESSES
As the only professional association for astronauts, ASE supports the advancement of space exploration by providing opportunities for communication among space professionals at the international level. The Association has worked closely with other international professional space organizations to expand and invigorate international dialogue on such issues as asteroid impact threats and hazards as well as international cooperation and on-orbit compatibility, crew safety, human performance and rescue. ASE regularly sponsors international discussions among astronauts on space flight operations.
The Association holds an annual Congress, attended by member astronauts and cosmonauts from around the world. The week-long event includes technical sessions featuring updates on human activities in space and briefings on future plans for low earth orbit and beyond. The attending astronauts and cosmonauts also dedicate time throughout the week, particularly on Community Day, to meet with and inspire future scientists, engineers and explorers all over the host country.