Start studying space technology. space exploration, the investigation of physical conditions in space and on stars, planets, and other celestial bodies through the use of artificial satellites satellite, artificial, object constructed by humans and placed in orbit around the earth or other celestial body (see also space probe). The president also announced the space shuttle would not fly after 2010, at which time the assembly of the International Space Station would be completed, and a new spacecraft, named the crew exploration vehicle, would be developed to take people into orbit and eventually to the moon. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools.

On Feb. 20, 1986, the Soviets launched the first of six modules that eventually would comprise the Mir space station, and in the wake of the Challenger accident and the launch of Mir, the Kremlin finally agreed to decouple non-military space issues from the Strategic Defense Initiative. Space Shuttle Columbia (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-102) was the first space-rated orbiter in NASA's Space Shuttle fleet.

Sean O’Keefe left the job of NASA administrator in March 2005.