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Space Explorers Page

This page offers links to the agencies and missions that keep expanding our exploration of space and development of earth-based support facilities. To find information about the people, astronauts, and visionaries who keep the dream alive, use the Space Cadets' Corner page here at Astra's.

Check out current U.S.A. space activities on the Launches and Landings page at NASA

In Orbit - Active Space Missions

Mars Science Laboratory - Successfully launched November 26, 2011
NuSTAR: The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array - X-Ray Orbitting Telescope
New Horizons - With Pluto in the rear-view, the Kuiper Belt asteroid 486958 (2014 MU69)is this probe's next target in January 2019
Dawn Mission - Asteroids Ceres and Vesta
Mars Exploration Rover - NASA
Messenger - Juno at Jupiter
OSIRIS-REx - NASA mission launched Sep 2016 to asteroid Bennu
Mars Express - ESA's Mars Mission, built rapidly and performing well
Exo Mars Express - ESA's Mars Rover launched October 2016
LISA Pathfinder ESA seeking Gravitational Waves
NASA's Links to Current Space Missions
NASA's Scheduled Launches

Hubble Space Telescope - Observing from orbit since 1990

Launch Facilites and Support

List of rocket launch sites - Wikipedia maintains a list of launch facilities. Guess how many there are around the world

Sea Launch Facilities - Long Beach, CA
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport - MARS
SSI Commercial Spaceport
Planet Labs
Spaceport Systems International California
Alaska Aerospace Development Corp - Kodiak, AK
Spaceport America - New Mexico, USA
Orbital.com - Space Launch Systems
Space Rocket Launch sites around the World - from Space On-line

Deep Space Network - NASA's Communication Support for Space Missions
Automated Transfer Vehicle - ESA supplies the International Space Station (ISS) aka Jules Verne (animation)

Grass Roots

Students for the Exploration of Space (SEDS)
The Artemis Project
Spacefleet Association
Space Frontier Foundation

The Space Frontier Foundation is an organization of people dedicated to opening the Space Frontier to human settlement as rapidly as possible. You may remember the Space Frontier Foundation - archived website!

Major Space Agencies of Planet Earth

Canadian Space Agency
China National Space Administration
ESA European Space Agency - Europe united in space
Indian Space Research Organisation
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
RosCosmos - Russian Space Program trusts in Space
NASA - USA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
United Nations of Earth National Space Law Collection - Office for Outer Space Affairs

Private Sector

Virgin Galactic - Dedicated to Space Tourism
Space Exploration Technologoies Corporation- SpaceEx developing launch vehicles

United Launch Alliance (ULA) - 50-50 joint venture owned by Lockheed Martin and The Boeing Company

Other Organizations

International Lunar Exploratioins Working Group (ILEWG) - International Cooperation
Deep Space Network - NASA's communication system for continuous coverage around the world


Space News - from SpaceDaily.com
Space Launcher.com - Orbital Report News Agency
2006 Launch Report

Astra's Pages

Space Cadets Corner featuring:

> Astronaut Memorial
> Educator Resources
> Wanabees
> Societies & Programs

Astra's Space Visionaries Page

Ares: US space program - talk by Hall and Jenkins 9/06

Asteroid Dreams - Astra's story about asteroid exploration

International Space Station

OHIO Space Sig