Future Missions

Space Missions



Upcoming Missions


1. Bepi Colombo Mission   a joint European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency mission executed under ESA leadership to the planet Mercury.  The mission has been rescheduled for an October 2018 launch and will be due to arrive at Mercury in late 2025.

2. James Webb Space Telescope   a large infrared-optimized space telescope which will be able to find the first galaxies that formed in the early universe.  To be launched on March 30, 2021.

3. Thirty Meter Telescope   a ground based observatory to be located at Mauna Kea in Hawaii will be the most capable and advanced telescope ever built. 

4. LISA - Laser Interferometer Space Antenna   this mission will attempt to better understand the fundamental physical laws of the universe.  LISA is a joint mission of NASA and the European Space Agency.  To be launched in 2018 at the earliest.

5. Euclid Mission   a European Space Agency mission to launch a 1.2 meter telescope into space which will orbit Earth at the second Sun-Earth Lagrange point.  The purpose of the mission is to provide insight into the nature of dark energy and dark matter by accurate measurement of the accelerated expansion of the universe through different indeendent methods.  To be launched in 2020.

6. Europa Clipper Mission   this is a concept under study by NASA that would conduct detailed reconnaissance of Jupiter's moon Europa and would investigate whether the icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life.

7. Mars 2020 Rover Mission  a NASA mission to look for signs of past life and to collect samples for a possible return to Earth.  Due to be launched in July/August 2020.