A US non-profit private organization through which universities cooperate with each other, the government, and other organizations to further space science and technology, and to promote education in those areas. It also maintains a system of science councils of scientific experts who guide specific areas of research. It receives grants and contracts from NASA for most of its activities.
USRA, established in 1969, is under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences. It began with 49 college and university members, and by 2001 had 88 members, including two in Britain, two in Canada, and two in Israel.
USRA also administers the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) at the USRA Center for Advanced Space Studies in Houston, Texas.
Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.