Branches of space sciences
- See Outline of astronomy
The diversity found in the different types and scales of astronomical objects make the field of study increasingly specialized.
See astronomical object for a list of specific types of entities which scientists study. See Earth's location in the universe for an orientation.
Astronaut Piers Sellers during the third spacewalk of STS-121
, a demonstration of orbiter heat shield repair techniques
Astronautics – science and engineering of spacefaring and spaceflight, a subset of Aerospace engineering (which includes atmospheric flight)
Space-related interdisciplinary fields
- Astrochemistry or cosmochemistry
- Planetary science – overlaps with Earth science
- Micro-g environment research
- Forensic astronomy
- Space archaeology – the study of human artifacts in outer space
- Space medicine
- Space architecture
- Archaeoastronomy – the history of human understanding of the universe