How many countries have their own space launch capabilites?

Answer As of November 2009, eight countries are able to launch their own satellites into space. Sixty countries have their own space agencies, of which 13 have active space programs. Russia, China and the... Read More »

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Can the space station or space shuttle launch space probes?

How long does it take the space shuttle to reach outer space from launch?

Answer It takes about 8 minutes from launch for the shuttle to reach space. How is that for speed? Once in space, the space shuttle and the International Space Station orbit the Earth about 16 tim... Read More »

When did the international space station launch into outer space?

The first part launched in 1998. It's not yet finished, the last module is supposed to launch in 2012. More modules could be added in the future.

Why do people launch space shuttles into space?