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ASSOCIATION OF SPACE EXPLORERS-USA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ISSUES STATEMENT

 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of Space Explorers-USA board of directors issued the following statement:
 As the United States begins a reassessment of the international space station, the Association of Space Explorers-USA wishes to reconfirm its commitment to a strong and viable human spaceflight program. We express our concern that the very future of human spaceflight is at risk.
 The Association of Space Explorers, the parent of ASEPUSA, is an organization of men and women, representing all spacefaring nations, who have flown in space. ASEPUSA's mission is to provide a forum for professional dialogue among individuals who have flown in space, promote space science and exploration for the benefit of all, enhance education, foster environmental awareness, and encourage international cooperation.
 Those of us who have been given the opportunity to experience the unique environment of space recognize its potential for research and exploration. As ASE members, we are committed to sharing our experiences and doing all we can to ensure that space exploration and human spaceflight continue to serve as a catalyst to drive advancements in technology and bind our world together. In this era of increasing global interdependence, we wish to emphasize the importance of meeting international obligations.
 The Association of Space Explorers-USA encourages all involved parties to remain committed to developing an affordable international space station so that all of humanity can continue to reap the benefits of space exploration.
 The board of directors for ASEPUSA, their spaceflight and their current affiliation follows: ASEPUSA president is Michael Coats, STS 41-D, STS 29, STS 39, Loral Space Information Systems; vice president is Frederick Hauck, STS 7, STS 51-A, STS 26, INTEC; treasurer is Mary Cleave, STS 61-B, STS 30, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; board members are Daniel Brandenstein, STS 8, STS 51-G, STS 32, STS 49, IBM Federal Systems Company; Charles Conrad, Jr., Gemini 5, Gemini 11, Apollo 12, Skylab 1, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace; John Fabian, STS 7, STS 51-G, ANSER; Jake Garn, STS 51-D, Huntsman Chemical Corporation; Richard Truly, STS 2, STS 8, Georgia Tech, and Don Williams, STS 51-D, STS 34, SAIC.
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 /CONTACT: Ted Everts, executive director, Association of Space Explorers-USA, 415-931-0585/


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