American Astronautical Society

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American Astronautical Society
American Astronautical Society logo.png
Abbreviation AAS
Formation January 22, 1954; 60 years ago (1954-01-22)
Type NGO
Website http://www.astronautical.org/

Formed in 1954, the American Astronautical Society (AAS) is an independent scientific and technical group in the United States dedicated to the advancement of space science and exploration. AAS supports NASA's Vision for Space Exploration and is a member of the Coalition for Space Exploration and the Space Exploration Alliance. The AAS also focuses on strengthening the global space program through cooperation with international space organizations.

AAS members include: engineers, scientists, administrators, institutions and corporations working in support of the nation's space activities, as well as military space specialists, physicians, lawyers, educators, historians, journalists, artists and other professionals.

The AAS runs national meetings, symposia and publications. Members meet with leaders in their field and in related disciplines, exchange information and ideas, discuss career aspirations and expand their horizons.

The AAS sponsors professional, scientific and engineering meetings and maintains a publications program.

AAS awards[edit]

The American Astronautical Society established the AAS awards to recognize outstanding contributions in space flight and space exploration; flight testing; space science and technology; commercial utilization of space technology; space flight safety; space flight mechanics and astrodynamics; extravehicular protection in space; public leadership in promoting the Nation's space programs and policies; development of space systems for National defense; and to recognize books that further public understanding of the impact of astronautics upon society.

The awards are listed in the order in which they were established by the society:

The AAS was awarded the Space Foundation's Space Achievement Award in 1996.[1]

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