Alliances & Affiliates

NSS Alliances NSS Affiliates

NSS Alliances

The National Space Society participates in various alliances to further the goals of space exploration, development, and settlement. Currently, NSS is part of two alliances, the Alliance for Space Development. It should be noted that alliances consist of of 501(c)(3) non-profits, thus an individual person cannot join them. However, NSS members may participate in events organized by ASD.

NSS may not endorse all the positions taken by ASD. In some cases one alliance or the other may take a position that NSS is officially neutral on. NSS then focuses our efforts on ASD goals that NSS does fully endorse. In addition to alliances, NSS has established affiliations with a number of pro-space organizations. These NSS Affiliates each work to promote some aspect of space exploration.

Alliance for Space Development (ASD)

NSS founded the ASD jointly with the Space Frontier Foundation in early 2015. The ASD includes, in addition the Space Frontier Foundation and NSS, the Lifeboat Foundation, the Mars Foundation, the Mars Society, the Space Development Foundation, the Space Development Steering Committee, the Space Tourism Society, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, Students on Capitol Hill, the Tea Party in Space, and Space Renaissance USA. You can find out more about ASD at

ASD goals include:

The ASD organizes an annual campaign, implemented primarily via the Washington DC based March Storm and the August Home District Blitz Congressional education events. A report on the first five years of ASD operations appears below:

NSS Affiliates

The following organizations are Affiliates of the National Space Society. Organizations interested in becoming Affiliates should contact [email protected]

Canadian Space Society

Canadian Space Society

The Canadian Space Society (CSS) is a national non-profit organization made up of professionals and enthusiasts pursuing the human exploration and development of the Solar System and beyond.

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Explore Mars

Explore Mars was created to advance the goal of sending humans to Mars within the next two decades.

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International Space Elevator Consortium

ISEC promotes the development, construction and operation of a Space Elevator Infrastructure as a revolutionary and efficient way to access space for all humanity.

Mars Foundation

Mars Foundation

The Mars Foundation mission is to inspire the next generation of explorers through astounding new STEM projects & research initiatives.

The Moon Society

The Moon Society

The Moon Society seeks to inspire and involve people all over the world in the continued study and exploration of the Moon.

NASA Federal Credit Union

NASA Federal Credit Union

The NASA Federal Credit Union is the official credit union for the National Space Society offering many outstanding benefits to NSS members.

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OpenLuna Foundation

The OpenLuna Foundation’s mission is to extend humanity’s reach into space.



Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is an independent, student-based organization which promotes the exploration and development of space.


Space Studies Institute

Professor Gerard K. O’Neill founded the Space Studies Institute (SSI). The Institute’s mission is to open the energy and material resources of space for human settlement within our lifetime.

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SpaceFlight Insider

SpaceFlight Insider is the branch of The SpaceFlight Group that reports the events taking place within the aerospace industry, providing an “insider’s” view of all aspects of space exploration to our readers.

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Yuri’s Night

Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of April 12, 1961, the day of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight, and April 12, 1981, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle. It is the World Space Party every April 12.