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Space has become a busy commercial environment, with satellites providing services which make our phones work, tell us about our weather, provide TV channels and navigate us to work. In addition, it has provided spurs to our technology with much high tech hardware originating in the space programme.
It also provides some of our most spectacular research as we explore our solar system. From knowing nothing much about the other planets, we now know they are a series of worlds, some of which may contain life, and all of which are strange and different in ways beyond our expectations or previous understanding.
The International Space Station has become the testing ground for learning about how we can live and work in space, the first step before colonising any other planets. It is also is a beacon of international cooperation.
European Space Agency : ESA
National Aeronautical and Space Agency : NASA
International Space Station : ISS
Russian Federal Space Agency : RFSA
China National Space Administration : CNSA
Indian Space Research Organisation : ISRO