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This page contains links related to the following types of resources: (1) astrosociology; (2) sociology; (3) the other social sciences; and (4) "space and society"-related (or astrosocial) materials. Thus, space issues related to the human dimension represent relevant topics.

[page updated on 02/15/2014]


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Links to Space-Related Sites

Space and Astrosocial Sites

Links to Sociological Sites, Relevant Social Science
Sites, and Others Related to "Space and Society

Astrosocial Higher Education Programs

Sociology and Social Sciences Resources

Professional Sociology and Social Science Organizations

Multidisciplinary/Interdisciplinary Resources

Space (and Society) in the Media

Related Sites:  Other Social Sciences / Humanities / Misc.




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This Links page contains a collection of links to websites, and articles posted on the web, that tend to be only indirectly related to astrosociology.  As of December 2003, not much material yet exists that is focused specifically on astrosociology. However, the resources below are helpful in familiarizing the burgeoning astrosociological community with many of the space-related (i.e., astrosocial) issues being discussed by astronomers and other non-sociologists.  This is important.  Two major areas of emphasis for astrosociologists, after all, are to study:  (1) how participants in the astrosocial sphere of society carry out their work and (2) the connections and mutual influences between phenomena in the astrosocial sector and the non-astrosocial sector of society.  The importance of this first area of emphasis is that it provides the astrosociologist with important hints about which priorities and developments are receiving most attention.  This is invaluable information because once astrosociologists can identify the clear trends that are occurring in spaceflight and the space sciences, they can be studied in terms of their contributions to future changes in a given society as a whole -- the second emphasis of study.  (The five central themes of astrosociology are discussed in the Inaugural Essay).

While sociology remains at the core of astrosociology, it must become a multidisciplinary perspective.  Non-sociologists from the other social sciences possess similar interests from slightly different perspectives that are complementary to sociological principles and concepts.  Members of the space community should be interested in issues related to space in the context of society for several reasons, including the fact that space exploration occurs in a social environment.  Through cooperation, we can all construct a better understanding of issues related to space and society. and thereby make space exploration more effective in the future for the benefit of all of humanity.


Three Ways to Improve this Page and Keep It Updated

(for the benefit of all in the astrosociological community)

First, you are encouraged to submit links and articles that you believe should be included on the Links page or the Virtual Library page.

Second, you can link to if your site's materials relate to the astrosociology in a meaningful way.  In taking this step, you can help expose this multidisciplinary social science field to the sociological community, as well as space-related scholars and professionals, who may otherwise not know of its existence.  

This reality must be changed, so that astrosociology is well established, for many reasons.  For example, the formulation of space policy will have to rely to an increasingly significant extent on the newly emerging astrosociological research findings as astrosociology becomes more established (and accepted).  Your assistance is requested to hasten this process of incorporating astrosociological findings into the analysis of astrosocial phenomena in addition to the traditional economic and political, and even engineering, considerations currently influencing the major decisions that go into formulating space policy.

Third, please contact if you find an invalid or broken link.

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For your convenience, many of the references below (and elsewhere on this site) are made available as Adobe PDF files.  This makes it easier for you to print them without the site's starscape background.  It is also a way to preserve important pages that may disappear from the web at some point in the future.  For those who do not yet possess the Adobe Acrobat Reader, it can be downloaded free at the following URL:


Links to Space-Related Sites

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(These websites tend to relate mostly to space issues, but materials can be found about the relationships between astrosocial phenomena and other aspects of society.  For example, it is important to keep in mind that astronomical education does, in fact, represent an astrosocial phenomenon often aimed directly at non-astrosocial parts of society, and it impacts on the general population.  Also, this category of sites also includes government and state organizations as well as advocacy groups).


Site Name

Site URL / Link




Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) / (Italian Space Agency)


Alliance for Space Commercial Enterprises in Space (ACES)


American Astronomical Society (AAS)


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)


Astrobiology Magazine


(The) Astronauts Memorial Fund (AMF)


Austrian Space Agency (ASA)


B612 Foundation


British National Space Centre (BNSE)


California Space Authority (CSA)


Canadian Space Agency (CSA)


Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) / (France)


Challenger Center for Space Science Education


China National Space Administration (CNSA)


Citizens for Space Exploration


Coalition for Space Exploration


Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE) / (Argentina)


Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) / (German Aerospace Center)


European Space Agency (ESA)


Florida Space Authority


Florida Space Institute


Hubble Site


Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)


International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)


Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) / (Brazil)


Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)


(The) Mars Society


(The) Moon Society


NASA (Home Page)

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Site Name

Site URL / Link


NASA Field Centers


NASA Headquarters


Ames Research Center


Dryden Flight Research Center


Glenn Research Center


Goddard Space Flight Center


Goddard Institute for Space Studies


Independent Verification & Validation Facility


Wallops Flight Facility


Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Johnson Space Center


White Sands Test Facility


Kennedy Space Center


Langley Research Center


Marshall Space Flight Center


Stennis Space Center

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Site Name

Site URL / Link


NASA:   Astrobiology@NASA (Ames Research Center)


NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI)


NASA Office of Education


NASA Education / Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE)


NASA History Division


NASA Human Space Flight


NASA "Science at NASA"


NASA Space Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP)


NASA Space Science


NASA Spinoff Online Publication


NASA Watch
      (not affiliated with


National Space Society (NSS)


Norwegian Space Centre (NSC) / (Norsk Romsenter)


Office of Space Commercialization
(Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce)


Orange County Space Society (NSS chapter)



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Site Name

Site URL / Link


(The) Planetary Society


ProSpace:  The Citizen's Space Lobby




SETI Institute


SETI League


Space Daily


Space Florida


(The) Space Foundation


Space Frontier Foundation


Space Future


Space Politics


(The) Space Review


Space Science Institute


Space Studies Institute (SSI)


Space Technology Hall of Fame (Space Foundation)


Space Telescope Science Institute


Spaceflight Now


(The) Spaceward Foundation


Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)


United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs at Vienna (UNOOSA)


Universe Today


(The) X-Prize Foundation




Links to Sociological Sites, Relevant Social Science
Sites, and Others Related to "Space and Society

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(Sociological links below are mostly related to general organizations and resources -- that is, they do not emphasize astrosociology.  Beyond general sociological sites, this listing is reserved for sites related to educational programs relevant to astrosociology as a subfield of sociology.  It also includes non-educational sites relevant to astrosociology in some way, including media-based resources).


Site Name

Site URL / Link


Astrosocial Higher Education Programs
(these include social sciences in curricula)




Department of Space Studies (University of North Dakota)


International Space University (ISU)


(The) Space Policy Institute
       (The Elliott School of International
       Affairs; The George Washington Univ.)

Sociology and Social Science Resources



A Sociological Tour Through Cyberspace


Academic Info.:  Sociology Gateway --
       Dir. of Online Sociology Resources


Chronicle Vitae (The Chronicle of Higher Education)


Dead Sociologists' Index


Degree in Sociology


Electronic Journal of Sociology


Google Directory:  Sociology
SocialSciences/ Sociology/


Intute:  Social Sciences (formally SOSIG)


Research Resources for the Social Sciences


Resources for Social Researchers


(The) Social Science Hub:  Sociology


(The) SocioLog


Sociology Central


Sociology Index


(The) Sociology Page






(The) SocioWeb


WWW Virtual Library:  Sociology

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Site Name

Site URL / Link


Professional Sociology and Social Science Organizations


American Anthropological Association (AAA)


American Historical Association


(The) American Political Science Association (APSA)


American Psychological Association (APA)


American Sociological Association (ASA)


Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management


(The) Australian Sociological Association (TASA)


British Sociological Association (BSA)


California Sociological Association (CSA)
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(The) Eastern Sociological Society (ESS)


European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)


(The) Forum on Air & Space Law
(Part of the American Bar Association (ABA))


(The) International Sociological Association (ISA)


Mid-South Sociological Association (MSA)


North Central Sociological Association (NCSA)


(The) Pacific Sociological Association (PSA)


(The) Society for Applied Sociology (SAS)


Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)


(The) Southern Sociological Association (SSS)

Multidisciplinary/Interdisciplinary Resources


Aerospace Technology Working Group  (ATWG)


Center for Humanity and Space Exploration (CHASE)


CONTACT ("Cultures of the Imagination")


Foundation For the Future


Impact of Space on Society Site
(Sponsored by the IAA and the ESA)


Impact of Space on Society
(First IAA International Conference)


Institute for the Future @ aacc

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Site Name

Site URL / Link


Invitation to ETI




Overview Group


Partners in Space


World Space Center
(associated with the "Overview Effect")


Space (and Society) in the Media


"Are We Alone" / SETI Radio Network
(hosted by Dr. Seth Shostak)


"Explorations in Science"
(hosted by Dr. Micho Kaku)


"Planetary Radio" (The Planetary Society)


"(The) Space Show" (hosted by Dr. David Livingston)


Related Sites:  Other Social Sciences / Humanities / Misc.


Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)


Space Quotes to Ponder


(The) Space Store

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