Space exploration is an exciting and ever-evolving field that has captivated the imaginations of people for centuries. From the first telescope to the Curiosity Mars rover, space exploration has come a long way. It has been used to advance scientific research, provide national prestige, unite different nations, and even guarantee the future survival of humanity. But what exactly is space travel?Space travel is the use of astronomy and space technology to explore outer space.
Astronomers use telescopes to observe the universe, while physical exploration is carried out by both unmanned robotic space probes and manned space flights. Space exploration is one of the main sources of space science and satisfies our desire to explore and travel. In the coming years and decades, it could even provide us with new places to call home. The idea of space tourism has been taken to a whole new level thanks to companies such as SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Orion Span. In 2001, American Dennis Tito became the first space tourist when he paid millions of dollars to the Russian Space Agency.
The full list of all manned space flights, with details on the achievements and crew of each mission, is available in the Timeline of Manned Spaceflight section. Humans have been asked to return to the Moon, travel to Mars, and visit other places in the solar system and beyond. Current examples of commercial use of space include satellite navigation systems, satellite television, and satellite radio. From its modest beginnings, space science has expanded with government support to include multi-million-dollar exploratory missions in the solar system. SpaceX already has extensive experience in launching flights to space and is hoping to jump on the space tourism bandwagon. Satellite telecommunications have become a multi-billion dollar business and are the only clearly successful area of commercial space activity. Radiation is perhaps the most insidious health hazard for space travelers, since it is invisible to the naked eye and can cause cancer.
Meanwhile, instruments in space such as the Kepler space telescope and terrestrial instruments have discovered thousands of exoplanets - planets that orbit other stars. Common reasons for exploring space include advancing scientific research, providing national prestige, uniting different nations, guaranteeing humanity's future survival, and developing military and strategic advantages over other countries. However, even the development of space travel technology can lead to unwanted but beneficial “derivative” technologies with some very practical applications. Construction of a large permanently occupied space station that will be used as a platform both for observing Earth and from which to launch expeditions into deep space is also underway.