Robots and Space Probes

Replica of the Sputnik 1 space probe
Credit: NASA

As well as sending people into space, humans have managed to get robots and space probes all over the Solar System, and even beyond! It is much safer and easier to send robots then people, as they can survive much harsher conditions than humans can. The first space probe, Sputnik 1, was launched by the former Soviet Union in 1957, and over the last 60 years we have continued to launch robots into space, and even get them to land on other planets, in order to safely explore our local Universe. Why not explore this section further to find out about some of the most influential space probes and robots, which have been sent by humans since 1957.