The American Astronautical Society (AAS), founded in 1954 by American space exploration enthusiasts, commends NASA Deputy Administrator Melroy and her NASA Team for their bold vision for sustainable human space exploration from the Moon to Mars and beyond with international partnerships. We especially welcome NASA’s outreach to the global space community as exemplified by the release at the 73rd International Astronautics Conference, held in Paris, France.

Melroy emphasized that this release of objectives will be part of an ongoing effort to engage with domestic and international stakeholders to update the plan as knowledge and capabilities advance and as new international and commercial contributions are defined.

AAS President Alan DeLuna said: “NASA’s objectives for human exploration will inspire young people, demonstrate US leadership, and benefit America’s economy and the world. It is especially important that NASA has put science up front and prioritized international cooperation – goals AAS has championed goals since its founding” 

In its release of the plan, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems, Jim Free said; “We’re helping to steward humanity’s global movement to deep space.” DeLuna added: “AAS could not agree more, and we look forward to helping NASA achieve that worthy goal.”