Upcoming Planetary Events and Missions


2016 January 7 - ExoMars - Launch of ESA Mars orbiter and lander
2016 March 4 - InSight - Launch of Mars lander
2016 July 5 - Juno - NASA orbiter reaches Jupiter
2016 September 3 - OSIRIS-Rex - Launch of NASA mission to asteroid Bennu
2016 September 28 - InSight - NASA mission lands on Mars
2016 October 19 - ExoMars - ESA orbiter and lander reach Mars

2017 January 27 - BepiColombo - Launch of ESA and ISAS orbiter and lander missions to Mercury
2017 - Chang'e 5 - Launch of Chinese lunar sample return mission
2017 - 2018 - Chandrayaan 2 - Launch of ISRO (India) lunar orbiter, lander, and rover

2018 June - Hayabusa 2 - JAXA mission reaches asteroid 1999 JU3
2018 October - OSIRIS-Rex - Begins survey of asteroid Bennu

2019 September - OSIRIS-Rex - Sample collection from asteroid Bennu

Before 2020 - Chang'e 4 - Launch of Chinese lunar lander and rover

2023 September - OSIRIS-Rex - Returns to Earth with sample of asteroid Bennu

2231 April 5 - Pluto - is passed by Neptune in distance from the Sun for the next 20 years

4,000,000 - Pioneer 11 - NASA flyby of star Lambda Aquila


Chronology of Lunar and Planetary Missions

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Last Updated: 19 August 2015, DRW