Learning about Space Vehicles
Astronauts can look forward to training as the number of vehicles they’ll have to learn to use. The first-ever human to make spaceflight went into space aboard the USSR’s Vostok capsule in 1961. Astronauts are still currently using Russian spacecraft to get the job done. However, hopefully, they can start using the Orion spacecraft for exploration into deep space with time. They’ll also look forward to launching from American soil, which they haven’t done since 2011. The first commercial vehicle to reach outer space was SpaceShipOne in 2004.
Since the Vostok, we’ve had the Mercury, the Voskhod, the Gemini, the Soyuz, the Apollo Lunar Module, the Space Shuttle, the Shenzhou, and the Crew Dragon. Though new vehicles have been less frequently introduced in recent years, other suborbital and orbital vehicles are being developed. Blue Origin is testing what it plans to build as a tourist vehicle, titled the “New Shepard.” Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, started the company. There are even lunar outposts to establish a permanent human presence on the moon and serve as a base for continuous lunar exploration.