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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