First of all, many of the technologies we take for granted today were originated thanks to space research. Take satellite technology, for example, which we depend on for broadcasting and weather forecasting. Without satellites, we would not be able to follow global events as they happen, nor give populations any warning of approaching storms. Space research has also led to the development of new lightweight materials that offer us heat protection and enable food preservation. Therefore, the challenge of sending human beings into space has often driven the development of new technologies that benefit our everyday lives.
The passive voice is used much more frequently in academic writing than in most other writing, but neither of the active sentences you ask about here are particularly academic, which is why the passive forms are a bit odd. If there's a particular field that you are training to write in, I'd suggest you read articles in that field to look for how the passive is used. Look at when it is used and when it is not. If you have questions about their use, then you're welcome to ask us, or you might want to consider finding a class in a British Council Centre near you - I think this would be very effective.