Outline of space science

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A laser-guided observation of the Milky Way Galaxy at the Paranal Observatory in Chile in 2010

The following outline is provided as an overview and topical guide to space science:

Space science encompasses all of the scientific disciplines that involve space exploration and study natural phenomena and physical bodies occurring in outer space, such as space medicine and astrobiology.[1][2]

Branches of space sciences[edit]


See Outline of astronomy
The diversity found in the different types and scales of astronomical objects make the field of study increasingly specialized.
A proposed timeline of the origin of space, from physical cosmology

See astronomical object for a list of specific types of entities which scientists study. See Earth's location in the universe for an orientation.


Astronaut Piers Sellers during the third spacewalk of STS-121, a demonstration of orbiter heat shield repair techniques

Astronautics – science and engineering of spacefaring and spaceflight, a subset of Aerospace engineering (which includes atmospheric flight)

Space-related interdisciplinary fields[edit]

  • Astrobiology
  • Astrobotany
  • Astrochemistry or cosmochemistry
  • Cosmology
  • Planetary science – overlaps with Earth science
  • Micro-g environment research
  • Forensic astronomy
  • Space archaeology – the study of human artifacts in outer space
  • Space medicine
  • Space architecture
  • Archaeoastronomy – the history of human understanding of the universe
  • Astroanthropology

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Space science – Define Space science", Dictionary.com
  2. ^ "Space science – Definition of space science", Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia

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