Space Exploration – Programme of Events


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Early 2017 – Launch of RemoveDEBRIS Mission to test removal of space junk

15th Sept 2017 – Crash Landing of Cassini NASA Mission to Saturn

23rd Sept 2017 – OSIRIS-Rex Earth flyby

19th Dec 2017 – Launch of CHEOPS ESA mission studying planets around other stars

December 2017 – Launch of TESS NASA’s ExoPlanet Survey Satellite

2017 – Launch of Prospector-X Asteroid mining mission

2017 – Launch of Chang’e 5 Chinese Lunar sample return mission

20th Feb 2018 – Deorbit of Juno, crash landing into Jupiter NASA Mission to Jupiter

Mar 2018 – Launch Date of InSight NASA Mars lander

May 2018 – Exomars 2018 rover  Delayed to 2020

June 2018 – Hayabusa 2 (Jaxa Mission) reaches asteroid 1999 JU3

30th July 2018 – Launch of Solar Probe Plus NASA mission to touch the Sun

17th Aug 2018 – Arrival of OSIRIS-Rex at Bennu

5th Oct 2018 – Launch of BepiColombo ESA/JAXA Mission to Mercury

October 2018 – Launch of James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

October 2018 – Launch of Solar Orbiter (SoIO) Europe’s closest mission to the Sun

2018 – Launch of Red Dragon SpaceX mission to Mars

2018 – Exploration Mission 1 – Orion demonstration flight

2018 – Launch of Chandrayaan-2 India’s Lunar orbiter/lander/rover

2018 – Launch of Aditya Indian mission to the Sun

1st Jan 2019 – New Horizons Fly-By of 2014 MU69 Kuiper Belt Object

January 2019 – ExoMars 2018 rover lands on Mars

22nd Jul 2019 – OSIRIS-Rex collects sample from asteroid BENNU

July 2020 – Launch of UAE mission to Mars

2020 – Launch of ExoMars 2020 rover – ESA/Russian mission *Delayed from 2018

2020 – Launch of 2020 Mars Mission Chinese mission to Mars

2020 – Launch of Mangalyaan 2 India’s mission to Mars

2020 – Launch of Euclid ESA dark matter mission

2020 – Launch of Mars 2020 Rover NASA rover mission to Mars

3rd March 2021 – OSIRIS-Rex departs asteroid BENNU

2022 – Launch of Juice to Jupiter  Europe’s first dedicated mission to Jupiter 

April 2023 – Orion first crewed mission

24th Sept 2023 – OSIRIS-Rex delivers sample to Earth from asteroid BENNU

December 2024 – Arrival of BepiColombo at Mercury ESA/JAXA Mission

19th Dec 2024 – 1st Close Approach of Solar Probe Plus NASA Mission to Sun

2024 – Launch of PLATO ESA hunting planets beyond our solar system

2024 – Launch of Luna-Glob Russian mission to the Moon

2028 – Launch of ATHENA ESA mission mapping hot gas structures

2030 – Arrival of JUICE at Jupiter

2034 – Launch of LISA Detecting Gravitational Waves

Watch Space Mission Programmes from the BBC

For a detailed list of Space Missions, visit the NASA website
For details of dedicated European Space Agency (ESA) missions, visit their Mission Navigator page

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