A spacecraft is a vehicle that travels through space. Spacecraft include robotic or unmanned space probes as well as manned vehicles.

The term spaceship is generally applied only to spacecraft capable of transporting people.

A spacesuit has at times been called a miniature spacecraft or spaceship, emphasizing its purpose of keeping its wearer alive while traveling in the vacuum of outer space.

The spacecraft is one of the primal elements in science fiction. Numerous short stories and novels are built up around various ideas for spacecraft. Some books focus on the technical details of the crafts, while others treat the spacecraft as a given and delve little into its actual implementation.

Real-World Spacecraft

Fictional Spacecraft

See also: attitude control, expendable launch systems, space shuttle, starship, spacecraft propulsion, thruster, UFO