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International Academy of Astronautics

Aims: Foster the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes; recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in a related branch of science or technology; provide a program through which members may contribute to international endeavors; and cooperate in the advancement of aerospace science.

Founded: 16 August 1960, Stockholm, Sweden, during the 11th International Astronautical Congress, by Theodore Von Karman. A Non Governmental Organization recognized by the United Nations in 1996.

Structure: The International Academy of Astronautics is based on the tradition of the great classical scientific academies of the 17th century in Rome, London and Paris, which fostered scientific enquiry and the exchange of ideas and new information in the earliest days of modern science. The Academy's beginning was led by Dr. Theodore von Karman, one of the most important figures in the evolution of rocketry, and the IAA's first president.

Members: The IAA is international in membership from approximately 65 countries. This diversity recognizes the global significance of astronautics and space exploration. Full, Corresponding and Honarary Members total 1078.

Activities: Encourage international scientific cooperation through scientific symposia and meetings. A major initiative of the Academy is the development of a series of "Cosmic Studies" and Position Papers dealing with the many aspects of international cooperative endeavors in the exploration and habitation of the solar system and beyond; the space debris; the small satellites; declaration of Principles Concerning Activities Following the Detection of Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Lunar and Martian Exploration, etc.

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