Outline of space exploration

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The European Space Agency's Columbus Module at the International Space Station, launched into space on the U.S. Space Shuttle mission STS-122 in 2008.

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to space exploration.

Space exploration – use of astronomy and space technology to explore outer space.[1] Physical exploration of space is conducted both by human spaceflights and by robotic spacecraft.

Essence of space exploration[edit]

Space exploration

  • Big science – Term used to describe a series of changes in science occurred in industrial nations
  • Exploration – Process of investigating unfamiliar things
  • High tech – Most advanced technology available
  • Space – Void between celestial bodies
  • Spaceflight – Flight into or through outer space

Branches of space exploration[edit]

History of space exploration[edit]

Space agencies[edit]

Active space missions[edit]

Future of space exploration[edit]

Lunar (the Moon)





Outer Solar System

Beyond the Solar System

General space exploration concepts[edit]

  • Astronaut – Person who commands, pilots, or serves as a crew member of a spacecraft
  • Non-rocket spacelaunch – Concepts for launch into space
  • Space and survival – Idea that long-term human presence requires to be spacefaring
  • Space vehicle – Combination of launch vehicle and spacecraft
    • Launch vehicle – Rocket used to carry a spacecraft into space
    • Spacecraft – Vehicle or machine designed to fly in space
  • Spaceflight – Flight into or through outer space
  • Space research – Scientific studies carried out using scientific equipment in outer space

Space exploration scholars[edit]

Leaders in space exploration[edit]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "How Space is Explored". NASA. Archived from the original on 2009-07-02.

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