Fifty years on from the Apollo 11 Moon landing, a new 'space race' is underway.
NASA, the European Space Agency, China, India and more are all planning missions to the Moon. Lunar space stations and Moon bases are not confined to the realms of sci-fi – they are genuine mission objectives.
Robotic rovers meanwhile are right now exploring the surface of Mars, and even more ambitious missions to the 'red planet' are planned in the years ahead. Probes and space telescopes are helping to answer the biggest questions in the universe, from the search for life to the origins of the stars and planets.
Upcoming missions from NASA, the European Space Agency, SpaceX and more
But it's not just countries who are trying to go where no human has gone before. Commercial space companies, such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, Boeing and Virgin Galactic, are investing huge sums in spacecraft and space research. Often working in partnership with agencies such as NASA, these private companies could the face of space travel forever.
Find out more about current and future space missions, and take a trip back through the history of the space race.
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Apollo 11 lunar module © NASA
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