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parallaxicality
2006-Jul-04, 03:27 PM
I heard that BepiColombo was going to have a lander attatched, but that it was scrapped. Outside our seemingly endless fleet of Mars probes, are there any landers planned for future exploration?

ToSeek
2006-Jul-04, 06:59 PM
I can't think of any missions that are actually being developed that involve landers.

Omicron Persei 8
2006-Jul-04, 10:33 PM
Are you talking future missions? Or do currently launched missions count? Because Rosetta (http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/area/index.cfm?fareaid=13) comes to mind...

hobartstinson
2006-Jul-05, 05:27 PM
Sure, Two NASA landers are scheduled for Martian exploration. First is the small lander "Scout" to check out water near one of the poles. Launch is August of 2007.

Check out NASA's "Mars Science Laboratory" mission scheduled to lift off in 2009, it will place a large lander/rover on Mars. Landing location is still TBD but the data from the new MRO orbiter will help choose the site. This rover is the size of a small SUV and will be nuclear powered for night driving and continuous operation. No more waiting for solar batteries to recharge. Launch is planned for Fall 2009.

Scout:
http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/future/phoenix.html

MSL:
http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/future/msl.html

MRO:
http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/mro/

ToSeek
2006-Jul-06, 03:47 PM
Mars probes don't count according to the OP.

Saluki
2006-Jul-06, 04:07 PM
I would like to see some of the money spent on all these Mars missions go toward landers for other objects. Some better (more interesting IMO) targets in no particular order:

Europa
Venus
Titan
Jupiter Atmospheric probe (I know its not really a lander, but it is as close as we will get on a gas giant)
Enceladus
Iaptus (to figure out what the heck that ridge is all about)

Grand_Lunar
2006-Jul-07, 02:29 AM
I'd really want to see a Europa lander. Something to check out what's beneath the ice would be even better.

For Jupiter, I think we'd need more than one probe to go into the atmosphere, mostly for the chance a single probe would run into a dry spot, like the Galileo probe did. Cameras would be a great addition to those probes.

Saluki
2006-Jul-07, 03:26 AM
I'd really want to see a Europa lander. Something to check out what's beneath the ice would be even better.

I saw something that has been proposed on the science channel that involved a nuclear-heated probe that penetrated the ice to release a small submarine. It is probably a little far-fetched, but it sure looked cool.


For Jupiter, I think we'd need more than one probe to go into the atmosphere, mostly for the chance a single probe would run into a dry spot, like the Galileo probe did. Cameras would be a great addition to those probes.

I like the idea of a close orbiter that releases several small probes into the atmosphere. The main probe could do its own science work, and relay signals from the smaller probes back to earth. I wonder how deep into the atmosphere the probes could go and still get a signal out.

V-GER
2006-Jul-07, 12:48 PM
Mission to Jupiter:

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/profile.cfm?Sort=Target&Target=Jupiter&Era=Future

The page shows all other missions past, present and future as well.

adjustedrace
2006-Jul-07, 01:09 PM
I've heard of an orbiter planned for Neptune that will have a lander that will be deployed onto one of there moons. Sorry I don't know much about it.

Misssions to Jupiter.
WHAT 2035!!! I'll be middle aged once that happens!!!

V-GER
2006-Jul-07, 01:22 PM
WHAT 2035!!! I'll be middle aged once that happens!!!

The down side of space exploration; we have to wait.

loglo
2006-Jul-08, 05:43 AM
Ok I'm a Marsophile...so I'm not complaining about the amount of missions sent there. As for the other targets proposed in this thread, do we even have the launch capability to send a rover to the outer planets? ((Remembering of course that you would need an orbiter at the same time to act as a comms sat). I thought we were pushing it just to get Cassini to Saturn with the Titan lander which was pretty small.

mantiss
2006-Jul-09, 03:14 AM
I've heard of an orbiter planned for Neptune that will have a lander that will be deployed onto one of there moons.

sounds like it could be this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_Orbiter) but it would be nice that if we are going to go that far, not only have 1-2 landers but a whole flotilla... I know, dreaming is cheap =)