International Space Development Conference

About NSS

About NSS:

The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, international, educational, grassroots, non-profit and non-partisan organization devoted to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. It supports the exploration and development of space for the benefit of humanity. Founded in 1974, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space. NSS counts thousands of members and more than 50 chapters worldwide. The Society also publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space. For more information about NSS, visit

For U.S. tax purposes, NSS is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) educational, non-profit corporation. All donations to NSS are fully tax deductible (as allowed by your local laws).

NSS’ grassroots political activities are governed by the 501(h) election, which permits a limited amount of activity aimed at influencing U.S. legislation.

Contact Information for NSS is linked to in the footer of every page on this site.

For more details on what NSS stands for, visit our Statement of Philosophy Web page.

  • NSS Vision: “People living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.”
  • NSS Mission: “to promote social, economic, technological, and political change in order to expand civilization beyond Earth, to settle space and to use the resulting resources to build a hopeful and prosperous future for humanity.”
  • NSS Rationale  Why Our Mission is Important: Survival, Growth, Prosperity, and Curiosity
  • NSS Principles  What Does NSS Stand For?
  • NSS Beliefs  What Does NSS Support?
  • NSS Roadmap to Space Settlement

NSS Organization and Leadership

NSS leadership is provided by a member-elected, all-volunteer Board of Directors that provides strategic direction for the Society, and a Board-elected Executive Committee (Officers) that manages the functions of the Society and oversees a number of supporting operating committees. The NSS President and Chairman of the NSS Board of Directors is Mr. Kirby Ikin.

Our Board of Governors and Board of Advisors provide additional expertise and visibility.  The Chairman of the Board of Governors is Mr. Hugh Downs, former host of ABC’s 20/20.  The Board of Governors includes Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut, Tom Hanks, Norman Augustine, General Simon “Pete” Worden, and many other notable figures.

The operations of the society require the assistance of operating committees, chapters, and other volunteers. If you are interested in volunteer work with one of the committees, please fill out the Online Volunteer Form.  Local volunteer work is generally performed through chapters: check our chapters listings to find a chapter near you, or organizing a new chapter.

The NSS Corporate Documents are the set of governing documents of the Society that establish the organizational structure and describe the roles, responsibilities, and operating procedures of the NSS leadership.


Click here to view our Public Finance Documents.