Space Programs

Rocket History

What space programs are active today?

The most active civilian space programs today are the Russian Federal Space Agency, whose primary spaceport is the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), whose primary spaceport is at Cape Canaveral, Florida; and the European Space Agency (ESA), whose spaceport is at Kourou, French Guiana. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is also active, and the China National Space Administration recently joined the world’s spacefaring nations when it launched the first Chinese astronaut into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on October 15, 2003.


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