|Abbreviation AAS||Founded 22 January 1954|
|Formation January 22, 1954; 63 years ago (1954-01-22)|
Type Non-governmental organization
Similar National Space Society, Space Studies Institute, Space Foundation, The Planetary Society, Aerospace Industries Association
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.