Solar System Exploration

Here you will find links to a large number of past, present and proposed Solar System Missions from a wide variety of Countries.

 

 

Sun 

Mercury

Venus

Moon

Mars

Asteroids

Jupiter

Saturn

Uranus  & Neptune

Pluto

Comets

Other

 

Sun

Current Missions

SOHO (NASA site)   (ESA site) exploring the mysteries of our life giving star.

Joint NASA / ESA mission

RHESSI - Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI)

NASA

ACE - Advanced Composition Explorer

NASA

STEREO - studying the Sun with two spacecraft

NASA

Cluster II - a mission to understand the Solar Wind & the Earth.

ESA

Hinode (Solar B) - Japans successor to their highly successful Yohkoh satellite

JAXA

Upcoming missions

Sun Probe - the first mission to actually go to the Sun

NASA

Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS)

NASA

Past Missions

Yohkoh (Solar A) Japans excellent Solar observer

ISAS (original Japanese Organisation)

Genesis - a mission to collect a sample of the Solar Wind

NASA

Ulysses (NASA site) (ESA site) - a mission often overlooked!

Joint NASA / ESA mission

TRACE - Transition Region and Coronal Explorer 

NASA

 

Mercury

Current Missions

Messenger - launched and on the way for it's 7 year journey

NASA

Upcoming missions

Bepi Colombo - ESA's mission to explore Mercury Launch 2015

ESA/ISAS (Japan)

Notable Past Missions

Mariner 10

NASA

 

Venus

Current Missions

Venus Express - Europe's first mission to the planet

ESA

Planet C - Japans mission to Venus

JAXA

Past Missions

Mariner 10

NASA

Pioneer Venus

NASA

Vega

Former USSR

Magellan at Venus

NASA


 

Moon

Current Missions

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter - looking at the surface in depth

NASA

Upcoming Missions

Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE)

NASA

Past Missions

Smart -1 - ESA's technology proving mission to the Moon

ESA

Selene Japans mission to our nearest neighbour

JAXA

Clementine - Lunar and Planetary Institute site

NASA/SDIO

Clementine - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center site

NASA/SDIO

Lunar Prospector - NASA Ames Research Centre site

NASA

The Ranger series - NASA JPL site

NASA

 

Mars

Current missions

Mars Exploration Program - overall link to current & upcoming missions

NASA

Mars Science Laboratory - Curiosity

NASA

Mars Odyssey 2001 - continuing to provide amazing results despite it reaching the end of it's operational lifetime.

NASA

Mars Express - Europe's  first Mars Mission

ESA

Mars Exploration Rovers- Spirit and Opportunity (Spirit now no longer operational)

NASA

MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER

NASA

Upcoming Missions

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN)

NASA

InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport

NASA

Past Missions

 

Mars Global Surveyor

NASA

Mars Phoenix Lander

NASA

The Viking Missions: Viking 1  and   Viking 2

NASA

Mariner 9

NASA

Mars Pathfinder and Sojourner

NASA

Phobos 2 Russian mission at Mars

Former USSR

 

Asteroids

 

Current missions

DAWN - the mission to orbit Ceres and Vesta

NASA

Past Missions

Hayabusa (Muses-C)- A Japanese mission to an Asteroid (Itokawa)

JAXA

NEAR - the highly successful mission to two asteroids, Mathilde and EROS.

NASA

Deep Space 1 - asteroid 9969 Braille

NASA

 

Jupiter

Current missions

Juno - a new mission to explore the atmosphere and dynamics of the Planet in detail

NASA

Past Missions

NASA

Pioneer 10 & 11 - first to venture beyond the Asteroid belt!

NASA

Voyager 1 & Voyager 2 - first in depth look at a Gas Giant

NASA

Galileo orbiter mission to Jupiter

NASA

The Jupiter Millennium Flyby by Cassini

NASA

 

Saturn

Current missions

The Cassini mission to Saturn & Titan   - the long journey to the Ringed wonder can be followed from here

NASA

Past Missions

Huygens - ESA's Titan probe contribution to the above mission

ESA

Voyager 1 & Voyager 2

NASA

 

Uranus & Neptune

Current missions

None L

NASA

Past Missions

Voyager 1 & Voyager 2

NASA

 

Comets

Current missions

Stardust-NExT

NASA

Rosetta - the ESA mission to a comet

ESA

EPOXI - the Deep Impact mission extension

NASA

Past Missions

Deep Impact - NASA's mission to Comet 9P/Tempel 1

NASA

Project Stardust

NASA

Deep Space 1 - Comet Borrelly flyby.

NASA

Giotto at Comet Halley

ESA


 

Pluto

 

Current missions

New Horizons - Pluto / Kuiper Belt Mission - a mission to the outer frontier of our solar system and the one former planet in our Solar System not yet visited by a spaceprobe. Launched January 19th 2006 and on the way on its 9 year journey!

NASA

 

Other

Current missions

The Voyager Interstellar Mission - the adventure continues....

NASA

Interstellar Boundary Explorer - to explore the outer reaches of the Sun's influence.

NASA