Space Probes & Missions
of upcomming events, into the next millennium.
probe of the Saturn system to be launched in late 1997. The mission includes
a probe to be landed on Titan.
Stardust A mission
to fly within 100 km. of the comet Wild-2, collect a sample of the dust
in the comet's tail, and return the sample to Earth for study.
Prospector A probe intended to spend a year in a polar orbit around
the moon. It's purpose is to map Lunar resources.
The probe that landed on Mars on July 4, 1997 and it's surface rover Sojourner.
Surveyor Launched on November 7, 1996 it is expected to go into orbit
around Mars on September 12, 1997. This probe will spend a full year orbiting
Mars collecting data.
Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous
mission was launched on February 17, 1996 and expects to go into orbit
around the asteroid 433 Eros in February of 1999. On June 27, 1997 NEAR
flew within 1200 km. of the main-belt asteroid 253 Mathilde, returning
pictures and other information.
Project Galileo home page. Containing the latest information about Galileo's
exploration of the Jupiter system.
A probe sent to look at the north and south poles of the Sun that traveled
by way of Jupiter. A report from the Ulysses
Missions to the Moon
An European Space Agency satellite has measured the position of over 120,000
stars with the greatest accuracy ever. Discussed in the July 97 issue of
Sky & Telescope.
Venus A mission to Venus that included a flyby and a group of probes
that entered the atmosphere (one of which made it to the surface).
The probe that produced the radar maps of Venus.
The first mission to land on Mars (or any other planet). Two landers
which photographed the surroundings, took soil samples, tested for indications
of life, and reported on the local weather supported by two orbiters which
mapped the surface.
10 & 11 The first probes to visit Jupiter (10 in 1973, 11 in 1974)
and Saturn (11 in 1979).
The second set of probes to visit Jupiter and Saturn and the first probes
to visit the Uranus and Neptune.
Clementine was the most recent American mission to the Moon. It orbited
the Moon and produces an excellent photo survey.
image browser a way to look at the collection of Clementine images.
The first set of American missions to the Moon. They returned the first
clear pictures of the surface of another world and proved, eventually,
that we could get to the Moon.
The first soft landing on another world. They provided pictures and soil
samples to prove the Moon wasn't made of green cheese.
Lunar Orbiter probes were a series of satellites placed in orbit around
the Moon to provide close-up pictures to the people choosing the landing
sites for Apollo: Lunar
Orbiter 1, Lunar
Orbiter 2, Lunar
Orbiter 3, Lunar
Orbiter 4, Lunar
A review of the Apollo project compiled on the 25th of the Apollo 11 landing.
(Russian) Lunar missions. Information on the Moon shots launched from
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