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selvaarchi
2014-Aug-31, 01:37 PM
Right now we have over a dozen man made probes exploring our solar system (Voyager 1 may if fact have moved beyond our solar system into interstellar space). Although each of the probes do have individual threads (some more then one), I thought having a thread looking at exploration (unmanned) in general might be useful. The article below being an example.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/08/earths-deep-space-explorers-fleet-milestones/


Deep Space spacecraft from the USA, Europe and India are all pressing through their mission milestones. India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is less than a month away from her arrival at Mars, while NASA’s New Horizons has crossed Nepture’s orbit, en route to Pluto. ESA’s Rosetta mission also announced the shortlisting of landing sites on Comet 67P for the robotic lander, Philae.

While humanity has remained restricted to the realm of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) since the 1970s, multiple robotic spacecraft have continued to extend our reach throughout the solar system.

selvaarchi
2014-Sep-02, 09:24 AM
NASA approved extensions for all seven missions that were vetted by senior scientists in the agency’s 2014 senior review of operating planetary science missions,

http://spacenews.com/article/civil-space/41709curiosity-cassini-among-7-extended-planetary-missions


The seven missions up for review were:

The Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity: the car-sized rover that landed on the red planet in 2012 for a two-year primary mission and has been roving ever since, despite sustaining rock damage to its aluminum wheels.

The Cassini Saturn orbiter, which arrived at the gas giant in 2004 on a four-year primary mission.

The Moon-mapping Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which launched on a one-year primary mission in 2009.

The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, which landed in 2004 on a 92-day mission and is still roving.

The Analyzer of Space Plasma and Energetic Atoms-3, a partially NASA-funded instrument aboard the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter, which arrived at Mars in 2004 on a primary mission of just under two years.

Mars Odyssey, an orbiter that arrived at Mars in 2001 on a 32-month primary mission.

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which arrived at Mars in 2006 on a two-year primary mission.

KaiYeves
2014-Sep-02, 02:20 PM
NASA approved extensions for all seven missions that were vetted by senior scientists in the agency’s 2014 senior review of operating planetary science missions,

http://spacenews.com/article/civil-space/41709curiosity-cassini-among-7-extended-planetary-missions

Yay!

lpetrich
2014-Sep-08, 11:58 PM
That's welcome. It's a lot more cost-effective than sending up new spacecraft.

jeanlucboeuf
2014-Sep-11, 11:53 AM
NASA approved extensions for all seven missions that were vetted by senior scientists in the agency’s 2014 senior review of operating planetary science missions,

http://spacenews.com/article/civil-space/41709curiosity-cassini-among-7-extended-planetary-missions
you feel really small compared to the universe and all that sort of spatial exploration at NASA.

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