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baric
2006-Jan-20, 04:19 AM
I know that Project Dawn to Vesta & Ceres is still on the books, but delayed.

What other big projects are in the works for us astronomy buffs? I look forward to some fleeting shots of Jupiter a year from now, but the 9 years after that look like a long void. I guess I was spoiled by Cassini-Huygens!

Someone please tell me that the ESA has a few missions coming up soon :)

Huevos Grandes
2006-Jan-20, 05:53 AM
Why, there's the whole intrigue of the US space program: Space-shuttle replacement... manning of the International Space Station... shrinking budgets... overly optimistic planning for manned missions to the Moon and Mars... political intrigue - and of course, gross misuse of government funding !!

There's material enough for two soap operas, I think... ;)

spfrss
2006-Jan-20, 08:23 AM
I know that Project Dawn to Vesta & Ceres is still on the books, but delayed.

What other big projects are in the works for us astronomy buffs? I look forward to some fleeting shots of Jupiter a year from now, but the 9 years after that look like a long void. I guess I was spoiled by Cassini-Huygens!

Someone please tell me that the ESA has a few missions coming up soon :)

Well, ESA is planning BepiColombo to Mercury in 2011 and has Rosetta going to orbit a comet in 2014,
NASA is working on Juno to Jupiter, two Moon missions (orbiter and lander), Phoenix Mars lander next year, MSL rover to Mars in 2009, there is MESSENGER going to flyby twice Venus enroute to orbit Mercury in 2009 after a triple flyby of the planet, so it seems there's enough stuff to avoid being bored.

Mauro

spfrss
2006-Jan-20, 08:24 AM
Well, ESA is planning BepiColombo to Mercury in 2011 and has Rosetta going to orbit a comet in 2014,
NASA is working on Juno to Jupiter, two Moon missions (orbiter and lander), Phoenix Mars lander next year, MSL rover to Mars in 2009, there is MESSENGER going to flyby twice Venus enroute to orbit Mercury in 2009 after a triple flyby of the planet, so it seems there's enough stuff to avoid being bored.

Mauro


oooppssss

I forgot ESA's Venus Express going to orbit Venus late this year!!!!

Mauro

Grand_Lunar
2006-Jan-20, 01:12 PM
What ever became of Prometheus-1? The nuclear powered Jupiter orbiter with ion drive?

Is that still planned, or was it canceled?


ESA is planning BepiColombo to Mercury in 2011

Another Mercury mission? The Iron Planet is getting more attention!

baric
2006-Jan-20, 01:59 PM
oooppssss

I forgot ESA's Venus Express going to orbit Venus late this year!!!!

Mauro

I looked that up on Wikipedia... It said the Express would arrive 150 days after launch in November... So that puts its arrival in March or April, right?

That's something to look forward to, especially with the future prospect of setting up a floating colony in Venus's clouds.

Doodler
2006-Jan-20, 02:14 PM
Not to mention the umpteen-bajillion bits of data still pouring in from Mars probes every day. So long as the old girl keeps playing nice with Spirit and Oppy, we could see another year out of them.

mantiss
2006-Jan-20, 03:12 PM
There is also a tentative launch in 2009 of Phobos-Grunt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobos-Grunt) a joint russian/ESA Phobos sample return mission

ToSeek
2006-Jan-20, 04:40 PM
If solar missions count, STEREO (http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/) launches in a few months and should get some cool 3-D imagery of the solar wind and CMEs.

Doodler
2006-Jan-20, 06:07 PM
If solar missions count, STEREO (http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/) launches in a few months and should get some cool 3-D imagery of the solar wind and CMEs.

Sounds fun! :)

Though I wonder if this will result in an upswing of dragon sightings....:think:

Kullat Nunu
2006-Jan-20, 09:31 PM
Of course, there is also the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which will arrival Mars in next March. It will map the planet in unprecedented detail...

drhex
2006-Jan-20, 09:47 PM
Launched only about a year from now, Herschel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herschel_Space_Observatory) should give us a better infrared view than even Spitzer and Planck (http://www.rssd.esa.int/index.php?project=PLANCK) might give us a better estimate of the age of the universe than the 13.5 -13.9 billion years we got from WMAP.

naelphin
2006-Jan-24, 04:53 AM
What ever became of Prometheus-1? The nuclear powered Jupiter orbiter with ion drive?

Is that still planned, or was it canceled?



Another Mercury mission? The Iron Planet is getting more attention!
It was killed, too expensive. It was big and required in-orbit construction, which makes it worse.

They say they want to do a smaller mission to test it out, but I suspect they'll kill the entire program before anything is made.

Grand_Lunar
2006-Jan-24, 08:58 PM
Thanks for the info, Naelphin.

What a shame, really. Would've been a nice mission.