Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Solar System Missions Update 08/2018

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of August 1st 2018.

Mars lander InSIGHT and the MarCOs are still cruising towards Mars, the launch window for the Parker Solar Probe opens on August 11th, and OSIRIS-REx will begin it's approach to Asteroid Bennu on August 17th. But still the biggest show right now is Hayabusa 2 at Asteroid Ryugu, upcoming in September is the landing of the MINNERVA 2 and MASCOT probes on the asteroid.

A few new missions in the list as well: LOP-G will probably happen, as well as the SpaceIL moon lander in December. And then there is the Japanese DESTINY+ mission to Asteroid Phaeton, as you may have guessed, the acronym stand for Demonstration and Experiment of Space Technology for INterplanetary voYage Phaethon fLyby dUSt science. I'm afraid the global contest for "Most tortured acronym ever" is over.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

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