Space Exploration

This year the space shuttle will fly into orbit for the last time, marking the end of a 30-year-long era in space exploration. In that time, hundreds of astronauts have gone into space, satellite observatories have changed our understanding of the universe, and a permanent space station was established. Click on the links below to view some of Britannica's articles about space exploration, the brave men and women who have traveled into space, and the fascinating machines that are exploring space.
Space Exploration

New Views of the Solar System looks at scientists' changing perspectives on the solar system, with articles on Pluto, the eight chief planets, and dwarf planets. Available in book or e-Book format. E-mail us at to learn more.

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  We asked Britannica science editor Erik Gregersen for his top 5 picks of other unforgettable moments in the history of spaceflight and space exploration.
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From the nascent space programs of the 1960s to today's space tourism and the promise of distant planet colonization, readers will be transfixed with the Explorer's Guide to the Universe series. Available in book or e-Book format. E-mail us at to learn more.

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