Getting into Space

Space is very far away. Birds can't fly there. Planes can't fly there. Instead we have to fly there on rockets!

What is a rocket?

A rocket is a big tube with an engine that lifts it high into the sky at very fast speeds. We can use them to put people and objects like satellites into space. The rockets used by NASA contain lots of fuel which is burned very quickly to push the rocket into the sky.

Russian Soyuz rocket carrying astronauts going to the ISS

What goes into space?

Most rockets carry satellites - computers and equipment which floats around the Earth. Many rockets carry probes - robots which explore space. Some rockets carry people - astronauts today go to the International Space Station. (ISS), but in the past many astronauts went to the Moon.

Communications satellite being unloaded from a space shuttle

James Gooding, 2017

All image credits go to NASA (and respective centers/universities)