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  • May 15, 2021
    SpaceX Falcon 9

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    SpaceX: Falcon 9

    Mission 118: Starlink-26

    Falcon 9 is a two-stage-to-orbit medium lift launch vehicle designed and manufactured by SpaceX for safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit.

    In this mission SpaceX will launch a batch of 60 Starlink v1 satellites into orbit. After this mission, the total number of Starlink satellites sent to orbit will be ~1685.

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    2019 Timeline Click to expand
    • January 11, 2019
      Mission 67: Iridium (Flight 8)
    • February 22, 2019
      Mission 68: SSL (Nusantara Satu)
    • March 02, 2019
      Mission 69: NASA Crew Dragon (Demo 1)
    • May 04, 2019
      Mission 70: CRS-17
    • May 23, 2019
      Mission 71: Starlink L0 v0.9 (Flight 1)
    • June 12, 2019
      Mission 72: RADARSAT (3 Satellites)
    • July 25, 2019
      Mission 73: CRS-18
    • August 06, 2019
      Mission 74: AMOS 17
    • November 11, 2019
      Mission 75: Starlink L1 v1.0 (Flight 2)
    • December 5, 2019
      Mission 76: CRS-19
    • December 16, 2019
      Mission 77: JCSat-18/Kacific1
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    • January 6/7, 2020
      Mission 78: Starlink L2 v1.0 (Flight 3)
    • January 19, 2020
      Mission 79: Crew Dragon In-flight Abort Test
    • January 29, 2020
      Mission 80: Starlink L3 v1.0 (Flight 4)
    • February 15, 2020
      Mission 81: Starlink L4 v1.0 (Flight 5)
    • March 6/7, 2020
      Mission 82: Cargo Dragon CRS-20
    • March 18, 2020
      Mission 83: Starlink L5 v1.0 (Flight 6)
    • April 22, 2020
      Mission 84: Starlink L6 v1.0 (Flight 7)
    • May 30, 2020
      Mission 85: Crewed Dragon Demo-2 Launch
    • June 3-4, 2020
      Mission 86: Starlink L7 v1.0 (Flight 8)
    • June 13, 2020
      Mission 87: Starlink-8 + SkySats 16-18
    • June 30, 2020
      Mission 88: GPS III-03
    • July 20, 2020
      Mission 89: Anasis II Satellite
    • August 7, 2020
      Mission 90: Starlink-9 + BlackSky Global 5-6
    • August 18, 2020
      Mission 91: Starlink-10 + SkySats 19-21
    • August 30, 2020
      Mission 92: SAOCOM 1B Satellite
    • August 30, 2020
      Mission 93: Starlink-11
    • October 6, 2020
      Mission 94: Starlink-12
    • October 18, 2020
      Mission 95: Starlink-13
    • October 24, 2020
      Mission 96: Starlink-14
    • November 5, 2020
      Mission 97: GPS III-04
    • November 15/16, 2020
      Mission 98: Crew Dragon: Crew-1 Mission
    • November 21, 2020
      Mission 99: Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich
    • November 24/25, 2020
      Mission 100: Starlink-15
    • December 6, 2020
      Mission 101: Cargo Dragon v2 CRS-21
    • December 6, 2020
      Mission 102: SXM-7 Satellite
    • December 19, 2020
      Mission 103: NROL-108
    2021 Timeline
    • January 7-8, 2021
      Mission 104: Turksat 5A
    • January 20, 2021
      Mission 105: Starlink-16
    • January 24, 2021
      Mission 106: Transporter 1
    • February 4, 2021
      Mission 107: Starlink-18
    • February 15-16, 2021
      Mission 108: Starlink-19
    • March 4, 2021
      Mission 109: Starlink-17
    • March 11, 2021
      Mission 110: Starlink-20
    • March 14, 2021
      Mission 111: Starlink-21
    • March 24, 2021
      Mission 112: Starlink-22
    • April 7, 2021
      Mission 113: Starlink-23
    • April 23, 2021
      Mission 114: Crew-2
    • April 28-29, 2021
      Mission 115: Starlink-24
    • May 4, 2021
      Mission 116: Starlink-25
    • May 9, 2021
      Mission 117: Starlink-27
    • May 15, 2021
      Mission 118: Starlink-26
    • June 1, 2021
      Mission 119: SXM-8
  • May, 2021
    China Mars Rover

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    China's Tianwen-1 Mars Mission: Orbiter and Rover

    Mars Landing (Rover)

    China's first independent interplanetary mission was lauched with a Long March 5 rocket (it's fourth mission) and consists of both an orbiter and a rover, with a total of 13 science payloads. The priorities of the mission include finding both current and previous life, and evaluating the planet's surface and environment.

    The orbiter itself carries 7 acience payloads and has a powerful high resolution camera. After the orbit insertion it is expected to operate at least for 2 Earth years.

    The 6 wheel solar powered rover will only land 2 or 3 months after the orbit insertion of the Tianwen-1 spacecraft. The 240Kg rover is expected to operate for at least 90 days in a southern area of the Utopia Planitia.

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    Mission Timeline
    • July 23, 2020
      Launch
    • February 10, 2021
      Mars Orbit Insertion
    • May, 2021
      Mars Landing (Rover)
  • May, 2021
    Rocket Lab Electron

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    Rocket Lab: Electron

    Mission 20: Running Out of Toes

    Rocket Lab's Electron Rocket is a 18 meter height launch vehicle mainly dedicated to the small satellite launch market. Electron's first stage is powered by 9 Rutherford engines and has a maximum payload of 300Kg. The Rutherford engine is the first oxygen/kerosene engine to use 3D printing for all primary components.

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    Timeline
    • January 31, 2020
      Mission 11: "Birds of a Feather"
    • June 13, 2020
      Mission 12: "Don't Stop Me Now"
    • July 4, 2020
      Mission 13: "Pics or it didn't happen"
    • August 31, 2020
      Mission 14: "I Can't Believe It's Not Optical"
    • October 28, 2020
      Mission 15: "In Focus"
    • October 28, 2020
      Mission 16: "Return to Sender"
    • December 15, 2020
      Mission 17: The Owl's Night Begins
    • January 20, 2021
      Mission 18: Another One Leaves The Crust
    • January 20, 2021
      Mission 19: They Go Up So Fast
    • May, 2021
      Mission 20: Running Out of Toes
    • Coming in 2021
      Mission 21: NRO (RASR-3)
    • Coming in 2021
      Mission 22: NRO (RASR-4)
    • Coming in 2021
      Mission 23: Monolith (STP-27RM)
  • June, 2021
    SpaceX Starship

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    SpaceX: Starship Prototypes

    Starship SN16 High Altitude Flight Test


    SN15 High Altitude Flight Test Replay (May 5, 2021)

    These prototypes are test vehicles for the main Starship project.

    The Starhopper prototype, powered by one Raptor engine, had a 9 meter diameter and 18 meter height. After the 4 successful tests (including the 150 meter flight) this amazing prototype is now retired and being used as a vertical test stand for Raptor engines.

    In November 2019 the development of the prototypes Mk1 and Mk2 was suspended after the Mk1 prototype was destroyed in a tank pressure test. Both prototypes had 3 Raptor Engines.

    In February 2020 Starship SN1 (ex Mk3) was destroyed in a pressurization test and SpaceX started testing the Starship SN2 (test tank). After SN2 passed a pressurization test in the beginning of March, the company finished the Starship SN3 prototype but it was also destroyed in the beginning of April.

    The SN4 prototype was finished in April and equipped with one Raptor engine, but it was completely destroyed in a dramatic explosion right after completing a static-fire test.

    In June 2020 SpaceX completed the SN7 test tank and it ruptured during a stress test.

    In August 2020 the SN5 prototype, powered by a solo offset Raptor engine, made a successful 150 meter flight making it the first full-scale Starship prototype to fly and land safely. And in the beginning of September 2020 the Raptor only SN6 prototype made a successful hop flight.

    In December 2020 the new steel alloy SN8 with three Raptor engines installed made the first ever high altitude flight. It reached an altitude of 12.5Km and made the "belly flop" manoeuvre and also the "flip landing". Despite exploding right on the spot on the landing pad, the test was a great success for SpaceX.

    In February 2021 the prototype SN9 completed its 10km high altitude flight test. Everything went well but unfortunately it exploded on the landing pad after the flip landing manoeuvre.

    In the beginning of March SpaceX successfully launched Starship prototype SN10 and it was the first prototype to land safely right on the landing pad. Unfortunately it exploded eight minutes later. In the end of that same month, SpaceX launched the SN11 prototype with harsh weather conditions and dense fog, but it exploded in flight right before the landing.

    SN15 launched in the beginning of May and was the first complete success for SpaceX. The prototype landed smoothly on its legs at the landing pad and it showed that it is indeed a valid technology of a fully reusable space transportation system.

    The next prototype in line is the new SN16 and it's now almost ready to make SpaceX's sixth high altitude flight test with three new Raptor engines installed.

    SpaceX also finishing the construction of the SN17 and SN18 while actively developing other Starship prototypes (SN19 to SN20) and the Super Heavy booster (BN3).

    SN5 Hop Flight Replay (August 4, 2020)
    YouTube Video SN5
    SN6 Hop Flight Replay (September 3, 2020)
    YouTube Video SN6
    SN8 High Altitude Flight Test Replay (December 9, 2020)
    YouTube Video SN8
    Starship SN9 High Altitude Flight Test (February 2, 2021)
    YouTube Video SN9
    Starship SN10 High Altitude Flight Test (March 3, 2021)
    YouTube Video SN10
    Starship SN11 High Altitude Flight Test (March 30, 2021)
    YouTube Video SN11
    Starship SN15 High Altitude Flight Test (May 5, 2021)
    YouTube Video SN11
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    2019 Timeline Click to expand
    • April 3, 2019
      Starhopper Tethered Test 1 (Alt: Few centimeters)
    • April 5, 2019
      Starhopper Tethered Test 2 (Alt: 1 meter)
    • July 25, 2019
      Starhopper Hover Test 3 (Alt: 20 meters)
    • August 27, 2019
      Starhopper Hover Test 4 (Alt: 150 meters)
    • September 28, 2019
      Starship Update Presentation
    • November 20, 2019
      Starship MK1 Explosion
    2020 Timeline
    • February 28, 2020
      Starship SN1 Explosion
    • April 3, 2020
      Starship SN3 Explosion
    • May 30, 2020
      Starship SN4 Explosion
    • June 23, 2020
      Starship SN7 Test Tank Rupture
    • August 4, 2020
      Starship SN5 test Flight 1 (Alt: 150 meters)
    • September 3, 2020
      Starship SN6 Test Flight 1 (Alt: 150 meters)
    • December 9, 2020
      Starship SN8 High Altitude Flight Test (Alt: 12.5 Km)
    2021 Timeline
    • February 2, 2021
      Starship SN9 High Altitude Flight Test (Alt: 10 Km)
    • March 3, 2021
      Starship SN10 High Altitude Flight Test (Alt: 10 Km)
    • March 30, 2021
      Starship SN11 High Altitude Flight Test (Alt: 10 Km)
    • May 5, 2021
      Starship SN15 High Altitude Flight Test (Alt: 10 Km)
    • June, 2021
      Starship SN16 High Altitude Flight Test
    • Coming in 2021
      Starship SN17 High Altitude Flight Test
  • July 20, 2021
    New Shepard

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    Blue Origin: New Shepard

    First Crewed Flight

    The New Shepard reusable launch system is a vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing, suborbital crewed rocket that is being developed by Blue Origin as a commercial system for suborbital space tourism. The main objective of the New Shepard program is to carry tourists, commercial payloads and scientific experiments on brief trips to suborbital space.
    Blue Origin is expected to start flying people on New Shepard this July.

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    Mission Timeline
    • April 29, 2018
      NS-8: 8th Flight
    • July 18, 2018
      NS-9: 9th Flight
    • January 23, 2019
      NS-10: 10th Flight
    • May 2, 2019
      NS-11: Eleventh Flight
    • December 11, 2019
      NS-12: Twelfth Flight
    • October 13, 2020
      NS-13: Thirteenth Flight
    • January 14, 2021
      NS-14: Fourteenth Flight
    • April 14, 2021
      NS-15: Fifteenth Flight
    • July 20, 2021
      First Crewed Flight
  • July, 2021
    Falcon Heavy

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    SpaceX: Falcon Heavy

    Mission 4 - USAF AFSPC-44

    The AFSPC-44 mission is scheduled for launch in 2021 for the United States Air Force (USAF). This classified mission will use a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket to be launched from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A.

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    Mission Timeline
    • February 6, 2018
      First Flight: Tesla Roadster
    • April 11, 2019
      Mission 2: Arabsat-6A
    • June 25, 2019
      Mission 3: USAF STP-2
    • July, 2021
      Mission 4: USAF AFSPC-44
    • October, 2021
      Mission 5: USAF AFSPC-52
    • Coming in 2022
      Mission 6: ViaSat-3
    • Coming in 2022
      Mission 7: Inmarsat-6B
    • Coming in 2022
      Mission 8: Nasa Psyche
  • July, 2021
    Peregrine Lander

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    Peregrine Moon Lander + Rovers

    Launch

    Astrobotic's Peregrine moon lander will be launched by the first ever United Launch Alliance's new Vulcan Centaur misson (successor to ULA's workhorse Atlas V rocket).

    It will carry 30 different payloads (half of them provided by NASA) to study several aspects of the moon's environment like the lunar regolith, the moon's radiation environment and the the chemistry of the moon's thin atmosphere. Unfortunately the lander is not expected to survive the lunar night.

    The Peregrine lander will also carry two small rovers: Spacebit's walking rover (UK) and Dymon's Yaoki rover (Japan).

    Spacebit's tiny walking rover will be the first payload from the UK to reach the moon surface. It will drop from beneath the Peregrine rover, move at least 10 meters with its own four legs and transmit fullHD videos during its 10 day mission.

    Yaoki rover will be Japan's first lunar rover and it was developed by Tokyo-based company Dymon. It is also a very small robot and, unlike Spacebit's rover, will have wheels instead of walking legs.

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    Mission Timeline
    • July, 2021
      Launch
  • August, 2021
    CST-100

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    Boeing CST-100 Starliner

    OFT-2: Orbital Flight Test-2 to ISS (Uncrewed)

    The CST-100 Starliner (Crew Space Transportation) is Boeing's entry for NASA's Commercial Crew Program that will launch astronauts to the International Space Station.

    This uncrewed mission will be Boeing's second attempt to reach the ISS after the partial failure of the first OFT-1 mission. It will test all the capabilities of the capsule and the docking process with the ISS. The mission will end with the capsule landing in New Mexico, returning safely to the primary landing site.

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    Mission Timeline
    • November 4, 2019
      Pad Abort Test
    • December 20, 2019
      OFT-1: Orbital Flight Test to ISS (Uncrewed)
    • August, 2021
      OFT-2: Orbital Flight Test-2 to ISS (Uncrewed)
    • Coming in 2021
      Crew Flight Test (Crewed)
  • September 13, 2021
    SpaceX Crew Dragon

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    SpaceX: Crew Dragon

    Crew-3 Mission

    SpaceX's next-generation spacecraft designed to carry humans to the International Space Station and other destinations.

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    Mission Timeline
    • March 2, 2019
      Demo-1 Uncrewed Mission to ISS
    • January 19, 2020
      In-flight Abort Test
    • May 30, 2020
      Crewed Dragon Demo-2 Launch
    • May 31, 2020
      Crew Dragon Demo-2 ISS Docking
    • August 21, 2020
      Crew Dragon Demo-2 Return to Earth
    • November 15/16, 2020
      Crew-1 Mission Launch
    • November 16/17, 2020
      Crew-1 Mission ISS Docking
    • April 23, 2021
      Crew-2 Mission
    • April 24, 2021
      Crew-2 Mission ISS Docking
    • September 13, 2021
      Crew-3 Mission
    • September 15, 2021
      Inspiration4
    • January 2022
      AX-1
    • Coming in 2022
      Space Adventures Mission
    • Coming in 2022
      Crew-4 Mission
    • Coming in 2022
      Crew-5 Mission
    • Coming in 2023
      Crew-6 Mission
  • October 11, 2021
    Nova-C Lander

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    Nova-C Moon Lander

    Launch

    Intuitive Machines Nova-C Moon Lander will be launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon9 rocket and will carry five NASA payloads to the Moon to explore and test technologies to process some natural resources of our natural satellite. Unfortunately the lander is not expected to survive the lunar night.

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    Mission Timeline
    • October 11, 2021
      Launch
  • October 31, 2021
    JWST

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    James Webb Space Telescope

    Launch

    The James Webb Space Telescope is a space telescope developed in collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency that will be the scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. The JWST will offer unprecedented resolution and sensitivity, and will enable a broad range of investigations across the fields of astronomy and cosmology.

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    Mission Timeline
    • October 31, 2021
      Launch
  • November, 2021
    SLS

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    Space Launch System (SLS)

    Artemis-1 Uncrewed Orion Flight

    The Space Launch System is an American Space Shuttle-derived heavy-lift expendable launch vehicle. It is part of NASA's deep space exploration plans including a crewed mission to Mars. It will be the most powerful rocket ever built with a total thrust greater than that of the Saturn V, putting the SLS into the super heavy-lift launch vehicle class of rockets.

    Artemis 1 Details

    Artemis Timeline (Credit: Nasa)

    Artemis-1 Mission will be the first flight of the SLS and the second flight of the Orion spacecraft. It will send the uncrewed Orion capsule on a loop around the Moon to test the hardware in deep space. The mission will have a planned duration of 25 days.

    Artemis 1 Details

    Artemis-1 Details (Credit: Nasa)

    The plan for the Artemis-2 Mission is for a crewed Orion spacecraft with four astronauts to perform a lunar flyby test and return safely to Earth.

    Europa Clipper mission will send the orbiter to Jupiter's moon Europa to explore its habitability and help to choose the landing site for the future Europa Lander Mission.

    The launch of the Artemis-3 Mission is scheduled for 2024 and it will finally land 2 humans, a man and a woman on the surface of the moon at the lunar south pole.

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    Mission Timeline
    • November, 2021
      Artemis-1 Uncrewed Orion Flight
    • August, 2023
      Artemis-2 Crewed Orion Flight
    • 2024
      Artemis-3 Crewed landing on the Moon
  • Coming in 2021
    SpaceX Falcon 9

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    SpaceX: Starship / Super Heavy

    First Commercial Mission

    More details soon

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    Mission Timeline
    • Coming in 2021
      First Commercial Mission
    • Coming in 2023
      Starship Crewed Flight (Around the Moon)
  • Coming in 2021
    PT Scientists

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    PTScientists Rover

    Mission to the Moon

    PTScientists is a group of volunteer scientists and engineers based in Germany. Their objective is to perform the world's first private Moon landing by 2021 and will include backing from the following corporate sponsors: Audi, Vodafone and Red Bull Media House.

    The lander is intended to go to the Taurus-Littrow region of the moon, in the vicinity of the Apollo 17 landing site, carrying two rovers

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  • 2022

  • Coming in 2022
    ExoMars

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    ESA: ExoMars Rosalind Franklin Rover

    Launch

    ESA's ExoMars rover Rosalind Franklin is headed to the red planet in 2020, on a mission to search for potential signatures of past or present life, specifically by looking at environments where water could have flowed. It also will carry a drill that can penetrate up to 2 meters (6 feet) below the surface.

    It will land in Oxia Planum, a plain in the Red Planet's northern hemisphere that shows lots of evidence of ancient water activity.

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    Mission Timeline
    • Coming in 2022
      Launch
    • Coming in 2023
      Mars Landing
  • December, 2022
    Masten Lunar Lander

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    Masten XL-1 Lunar Lander

    Launch

    Masten Space Systems was selected by NASA to fly a lander to the Moon's south pole with nine scientific instruments as a part of NASA's Artemis program.

    Masten XL-1 lander will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and will land on the Moon's surface and operate for at least 12 days.

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    Mission Timeline
    • December, 2022
      Launch
    • Coming in 2022
      Moon Landing
  • Coming in 2022
    New Glenn

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    Blue Origin: New Glenn

    First Flight

    The New Glenn is a privately funded orbital launch vehicle in development by Blue Origin. It is expected to make its initial test launch in 2022.

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    Mission Timeline
    • Coming in 2022
      First Flight
  • Coming in 2022
    Chandrayaan-2

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    Chandrayaan-3

    Moon Landing

    The Chandrayaan-3 lunar lander mission will be India's second attempt to land on the moon after the partial failure of the Vikram lander that crashed on the moon's surface during the previous Chandrayaan-2 mission.

    This new mission will have a lander and a rover. If all runs as expected, India's ISRO will become the fourth space angency to soft land a spacecraft on the surface of the moon.

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    Mission Timeline
    • Coming in 2022
      Launch
  • 2023

  • September 24, 2023
    Osiris Rex

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    OSIRIS-REx: Asteroid Bennu

    Sample capsule lands on Earth

    Asteroid study and sample-return mission to study asteroid 101955 Bennu, a carbonaceous 500 meter diameter asteroid. The objective of the mission is to grab a sample from the asteroid and bring it to Earth.

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    Mission Timeline
    • September 08, 2016
      Launch
    • December 03, 2018
      Arrival at asteroid 101955 Bennu (Alt. 5 Km)
    • October 20, 2020
      Sample extraction "Touch and Go"
    • May 10, 2021
      Departure to Earth
    • September 24, 2023
      Sample capsule lands on Earth
  • Coming in 2023
    JWST

    Image: NASA Ames/Daniel Rutter

    VIPER Moon Rover

    Launch

    NASA's VIPER moon rover will fly to the moon aboard Astrobotic's Griffin lunar lander under the agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. Astrobotic announced later that it had selected SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket as the mission launch vehicle

    The VIPER rover will touchdown on the south pole of the moon and it will look for water ice at the surface and below (with a meter long drill). It can be controlled in almost real-time by NASA operators and it's the fist rover ever equipped with headlights for exploring dark shadowed areas.

    The mission will have a duration of 100 days and the rover is expected to cover a total distance of 12Km.

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    Mission Timeline
    • Coming in 2023
      Launch