ASE stands for Association of Space Explorers
The Association of Space Explorers (ASE) was founded in 1985 by small group of US, Russian and international fliers who met in Cernay, France. ASE is an international non-profit professional and educational organization of over 400 flown astronauts and cosmonauts from 37 nations. ASE supports the advancement of space exploration by providing opportunities for communication among space professionals at the international level and 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 its members with opportunities to communicate their unique perspective of Earth to help stimulate humanity’s sense of responsibility for our home planet.
The international ASE coordinates globally the main activities consisting of the annual Planetary Congress, the ASE Near Earth Objects Committee, ASE membership at the International Astronautical Federation, maintains ASE’s Observer Status with the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and to raise environmental awareness.
Each year the ASE holds in a different host country the ASE Planetary Congress. The congress is its primary forum for professional exchange among U.S., Russian and international astronauts and cosmonauts. It is designed to promote the exchange of space flight experiences and technical information concerning space operations, scientific research, mission development and astronaut training. Moreover, the congress inspires the next generation of space explorers and the general public in the hosting country as the space fliers a visiting schools, university, associations etc. during the “Community Day”.
ASE Near Earth Objects Committee
Human society faces a long-term hazard from asteroid and comet impacts on Earth. The chances are very high that our planet will be struck again by a large near-Earth objects (NEO). Recognizing the threat posed by hazardous NEOs, the ASE NEO Commitee is active in promoting global discussions aimed at a near-term capability to prevent a future damaging impact. The goal of the Committee is to bring attention to word leaders and key international institutions the threat of asteroid impacts to life on Earth as well as help planning for NEO deflection.
The ASE has observer status at the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) and on the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). ASE works closely with the UN COPUOS, its Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and Action Team -14 to develop and international response protocol for potential Earth- impacting asteroids.
International Astronautical Federation
The ASE is a member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and ASE members and staff participate on the IAF Human Space Exploration and Life Sciences committees.
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. One of the activities in support of environmental awareness includes the Windows on Earth project, where astronauts share their photography from space.
- ASE NEO Committee
- Windows on Earth project
- List of all ASE Planetary Congresses
- International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
- UN COPUOS