Planetary Missions


 Apollo - NASA Manned Lunar Program (1963 - 1972)
 Cassini - NASA/European Space Agency Mission to Saturn (1997)
 Chandrayaan-1 - ISRO (India) Orbiter to the Moon (2007)
 Chang'e 1 - CAST (China) Orbiter to the Moon (2007)
 Chang'e 2 - CAST (China) Orbiter to the Moon (2010)
 Chang'e 3 - CSNA (China) Lander and Rover to the Moon (2013)
 Clementine - DoD/NASA Lunar Mapping Mission (1994)
 CONTOUR - NASA Fly-by Mission to three Comet Nuclei (2002)
 Dawn - NASA Asteroid Ceres and Vesta Orbiter (2007)
 Deep Impact - NASA Rendezvous and Impact with Comet Tempel 1 (2005)
 Deep Space 1 (DS1) - NASA Flyby Mission to asteroid 1992 KD (1998)
 Deep Space 2 - NASA Penetrator Mission to Mars (1999)
 Galileo - NASA Mission to Jupiter (1989)
 Genesis - NASA Solar Wind Sample Return (2001)
 Giotto - ESA Mission to Comets Halley and Grigg-Skjellerup (1985)
 Hayabusa (Muses-C) - ISAS (Japan) Sample Return Mission to Asteroid Itokawa (2003)
 Hiten - ISAS Flyby and Orbiter Mission to the Moon (1990)
 Huygens - NASA/European Space Agency Mission to Saturn's satellite Titan (1997)
 ICE (ISEE-3) - NASA Mission to Comet Giacobini-Zinner (1978)
 Kaguya (SELENE) - JAXA (Japan) Orbiter to the Moon (2007)
 Luna - Soviet Lunar Missions (1959 - 1976)
 Lunar Orbiter - NASA Lunar Mapping Missions (1966 - 1967)
 Lunar Prospector - NASA Global Orbiter Mission to the Moon (1998)
 Magellan - NASA Venus Radar Mapping Mission (1989)
 Mariner 2 - NASA Venus flyby (1962)
 Mariner 4 - NASA Mars flyby (1964)
 Mariner 5 - NASA Venus flyby (1967)
 Mariner 6 - NASA Mars flyby (1969)
 Mariner 7 - NASA Mars flyby (1969)
 Mariner 9 - NASA Mars orbiter (1971)
 Mariner 10 - NASA Mission to Venus and Mercury (1973)
 Mars Climate Orbiter - NASA Orbiter Mission to Mars (1998)
 Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity - NASA Rover Mission to Mars (2003)
 Mars Exploration Rover Spirit - NASA Rover Mission to Mars (2003)
 Mars Express - ESA Mars Orbiter and Lander (2003)
 Mars Global Surveyor - NASA Global Orbiter Mission to Mars (1996)
 Mars Observer - NASA Mission to Mars (1992)
 2001 Mars Odyssey - NASA Orbiter Mission to Mars (2001)
 Mars Pathfinder - NASA Environmental Survey Mission to Mars (1996)
 Mars Polar Lander - NASA Lander Mission to Mars (1999)
 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - NASA Orbiter Mission to Mars (2005)
 Mars Science Laboratory - NASA Rover Mission to Mars (2011)
 Mars 96 - Russian Orbiter and Lander Mission to Mars (1996)
 MESSENGER - NASA Orbiter to Mercury (2004)
 NEAR - NASA Rendezvous Mission to Near-Earth Asteroid (1996)
 New Horizons - NASA Pluto Kuiper Belt Flyby (2006)
 Nozomi (Planet-B) - ISAS (Japan) Orbiter Mission to Mars (1998)
 Phobos - Soviet Missions to Mars (1988)
 Pioneer Venus - NASA Orbiter/Probes to Venus (1978)
 Pioneer 10 - NASA Jupiter flyby (1972)
 Pioneer 11 - NASA Jupiter flyby (1973)
 Ranger - NASA Lunar Impact Missions (1964 - 1965)
 Rosetta - ESA Rendezvous Mission to Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (2004)
 Sakigake - Japanese ISAS mission to Comet Halley (1985)
 SMART 1 - ESA Orbiter to the Moon (2003)
 Stardust - NASA Coma Sample Return Mission to Comet P/Wild 2 (1999)
 Suisei - Japanese ISAS mission to Comet Halley (1985)
 Surveyor - NASA Lunar Lander Missions (1966 - 1968)
 Ulysses - NASA/ESA Mission to study the solar wind via Jupiter (1990)
 Vega 1 - Soviet mission to Venus and Comet Halley (1984)
 Vega 2 - Soviet mission to Venus and Comet Halley (1984)
 Venera - Soviet Missions to Venus (1967 - 1983)
 Venus Express - ESA Orbiter to Venus (2005)
 Viking - NASA Orbiters/Landers to Mars (1975)
 Voyager - NASA Missions to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and beyond (1977)
 Zond - Soviet Lunar Missions (1965 - 1970)

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Last Updated: 06 December 2013, DRW