NASA Science Missions

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Upcoming mission milestones showcase the breadth and depth of NASA science.

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James Webb Space Telescope

Webb is celebrating one year of incredible discoveries, from exoplanets to the early Universe.

An artistic visualization of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft hovering above the surface of Asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft is silver, shiny with two wings on the top and a long extension from the bottom.

OSIRIS-REx

OSIRIS-REx is the first U.S. mission to collect samples from an asteroid. It returned the samples to Earth on Sept. 24, 2023, kicking off an exciting autumn of asteroid milestones!

Parker Solar Probe orbiting over The Sun.

Parker Solar Probe

Parker just completed its 16th orbit, moving ever closer to the surface of the Sun. Celebrate this mission and others with the Heliophysics Big Year, beginning in October 2023.

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Chandrayaan-3

Lunar Lander / Rover (India)

The back of a green transport aircraft is open like a giant duck's bill, and the shipping container hold Europa Clipper can be seen sitting inside. A ramp extends from the back of the plane. Workers are giving hand signals as they guide the shipping container off the plane.

Europa Clipper

Europa Clipper will search for signs of potential habitability on Jupiter's icy ocean moon Europa.

Illustration of a spacecraft with a yellow and green image of the sun in the background; the text reads EUVST: extreme ultraviolet high-throughput spectroscopic telescope

EUVST

Extreme Ultraviolet High-Throughput Spectroscopic Telescope Epsilon Mission (EUVST) will expand how NASA studies the Sun, space, and Earth as an…

Rover on Mars.

ExoMars Rover

Goals The ExoMars rover will search for signs of life on Mars. A Russian science platform will land with it.…

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EZIE

The Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer, EZIE, is a heliophysics mission recently approved to explore the Sun and the system that…

A white airplane sits on the snow at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Workers, some wearing orange vests, stand near a big white cargo container which is in the tail of the plane. Several smaller yellow and orange containers are behind the white container. They are wrapped in netting. Some brown boxes under plastic are strapped down behind the other containers.

GUSTO

GUSTO is a scientific balloon mission that will measure emissions from the interstellar medium, the material between stars.

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HelioSwarm

HelioSwarm mission will help improve our understanding of the dynamics of the Sun, the Sun-Earth connection, and the constantly changing…

HERMES spacecraft

HERMES

HERMES is and instrument package that will be placed upon the Gateway, an orbital outpost which will support Artemis lunar…

Mars Sample Return

Mars Sample Return (MSR) would be NASA's and ESA’s (European Space Agency) ambitious, multi-mission campaign to bring carefully selected samples…

Spacecraft over Mars moon.

MMX

Japan's MMX (Martian Moons eXploration) will study Mars' small moons Phobos and Deimos, collect a sample of one of them…

Image of a spacecraft with an illustrated yellow to orange gradient sun in the background; the text reads Muse Observing the Sun's Extreme Ultraviolet Radiation

MUSE

The Multi-slit Solar Explorer (MUSE) mission will help scientists understand the forces driving the heating of the Sun’s corona and…

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PACE

PACE will help us better understand our ocean and atmosphere by measuring key variables associated with cloud formation, particles and…

PREFIRE

PREFIRE mission website – University of Wisconsin Launch dates scheduled for May 2024 – University of Wisconsin NASA Announces Launch…

Roman

Hardware Highlight : Fall 2023

VERITAS

Venus Orbiter

An artist's concept of NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover

VIPER

Overview NASA’s Artemis lunar rover, the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, will explore the relatively nearby but extreme…