Space Exploration

This page is intended to share in the excitement and provide links to sites that are actively pursuing the exploration of space.

Planetary Society

We are dads, moms, grandparents, teachers, kids, scientists, engineers, and space geeks who reach out into the Universe to seek answers to those deep questions: Where did we come from?, and Are we alone? We are wowed and awed by the discovery of new things, the mysteries of science, the innovations of technology, the bravery of astronauts, and by the stunning images sent back to us from other worlds. We know that space exploration is vital to humankind...and it is just plain fun!

The Planetary Society sponsors projects that will seed innovative space technologies, nurtures creative young minds, and is a vital advocate for our future in space

National Space Society

The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, educational, grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. Founded as the National Space Institute (1974) and L5 Society (1975), which merged to form NSS in 1987. NSS has over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The society also publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space.

The Mission of NSS is to promote social, economic, technological, and political change in order to expand civilization beyond Earth, to settle space and to use the resulting resources to build a hopeful and prosperous future for humanity. Accordingly, they support steps toward this goal, including human spaceflight, commercial space development, space exploration, space applications, space resource utilization, robotic precursors, defense against asteroids, relevant science, and space settlement oriented education.

SETI - The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence

SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is a scientific area whose goal is to detect intelligent life outside Earth. One approach, known as radio SETI, uses radio telescopes to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space. Such signals are not known to occur naturally, so a detection would provide evidence of extraterrestrial technology.

X Prize Exploration Prize Group

The goal of the Exploration Prize Group is to expand the use of space, the ocean and other unexplored frontiers in order to improve life on Earth and extend life beyond the confines of land. We believe we can achieve these objectives by researching space and Earth's oceans, accessing and conserving their resources, catalyzing private, non-governmental activity, and tapping into our innate wonder about the Earth, the Universe and our place within each.

Daily news pertaining to space exploration.


The U. S. Government agency charged with promoting the effort of the United States to explore space. Its most recent activities, including the International Space Station, however, seem more directed toward studying our home planet.

Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) Space Systems

SNC's Space Systems Business Area provides customers with innovative, responsive and cost effective space products including: Spacecraft Systems, home to the only US small satellite production line and satellite operations center; Propulsion Systems, which include SNC’s own green, safe, reliable, hybrid rocket motor tested over 100 times; Space Technologies, sending a mechanism or component to space every 14 days on average totaling 4000 devices flown on 400 missions without a failure; and Space Exploration Systems, partnering with NASA as part of the Commercial Crew Program to design and build a commercial system capable of transporting crew and cargo to and from low Earth orbit.

The Space Settlement Institute

The mission of the Space Settlement Institute is to help promote the human colonization and settlement of outer space.

They believe private industry, not government, must take the lead in space settlement efforts. The identification of financial incentives and other factors that would motivate private industry to fulfill such a role, as well as removal of regulatory, legal, social, and psychological barriers to private sector efforts in space, are essential to the Institute's mission.

For a list of private companies actively involved in the space industry see: Private Space Companies

B612 Foundation

The goal of the B612* Foundation is to significantly alter the orbit of an asteroid, in a controlled manner, by 2015.

See the Universe in 3D!

A Japanese gentleman has figured out how to present pictures of space objects on your computer screen so that if you look at them cross-eyed or with your eyes in parallel (just like the 3D Magic Pictures from the 80's), you can view space in three dimensions. Breathtaking! I hope your computer allows you to see these. Allow your eyes to move the left and right images to merge into one in the center.

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