AAS Mission and Vision Statement

The mission of the American Astronomical Society is to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe as a diverse and inclusive astronomical community.

The Vision of the AAS

To create a world where all people value and benefit from a scientific understanding of our universe.

Our Values

  • Curiosity: We conduct research driven by our curiosity about the universe.
  • Integrity: We act with integrity, ethical behavior, and transparency as we perform our investigations and share our results.
  • Inclusivity: We use fair and accessible practices to create a diverse and welcoming scientific community.
  • Empowerment: We mentor and support our early career members, using our resources to create a positive environment for them and for our astronomical community.
  • Sustainability: We accomplish our work using environmentally sensitive actions rooted in scientific understanding.

Adopted 16 July 2021

View the AAS Strategic Plan 2021-26 (PDF)