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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

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

History of space exploration

Space agencies

Active space missions

Future of space exploration

Lunar (the Moon)





Outer Solar System

Beyond the Solar System

General space exploration concepts

Space exploration scholars

Leaders in space exploration

See also



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

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