The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, educational, grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. Founded as the National Space Institute (1974) and L5 Society (1975), which merged to form NSS in 1987, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space. NSS counts thousands of members and over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The society also publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space.
For US tax purposes, NSS is a tax exempt 501(c)3 educational nonprofit corporation; donations are tax deductible.
For more details on what NSS stands for, see our Statement of Philosophy:
- NSS Vision: “People living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth.”
- NSS Mission: “To promote social, economic, technological, and political change, to advance the day when humans will live and work in space.”
- 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?
- Barriers to Space Settlement