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Our  Solar System  has 1 star our Sun, 8 Planets, 5 Dwarf Planets, over 3000 Comets, 550,000 asteroids and our nearest star is Proxima Centauri.

Mercury: Closest planet to the Sun. Next spacecraft mission is Bepicolombo.
Venus: Very hot planet. Akatsuki is the only spacecraft in orbit.
– NASA’s Solar Probe Plus spacecraft to fly to the sun in 2018.
– China to launch Tianzhou-1 its first cargo spacecraft in late April to Tiangong-2 module.
– NASA will launch James Webb Space Telescope in 2018.
– Chang’e 5 is China’s first Sample Return Mission. To launch late 2017.
–  SpaceX to launch 2 Space Tourists around Moon in 2018.
– NASA finds India’s missing Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter. It was lost in 2009. It is circling 124 miles (200 km) above the lunar surface.
– Chandrayaan-2: India’s second lunar mission will launch in 2018.
– NASA to launch EM-1 mission: first launch of Orion spacecraft /  Space Launch System around moon in 2018. It may include a crew.
– NASA planning to build Cis-lunar outpost.
–  NASA’s Mars Plan May Include Yearlong Mission to the Moon.
– Trump administration may direct NASA to set up a human settlement on the Moon.
Near-Earth Asteroids: OSIRIS-REx is traveling to asteroid Bennu and will bring a small sample back to Earth for study.
Mars: 2 moons – Deimos & Phobos.
– NASA’s InSight lander to be launched in May 2018.
– European Space Agency to launch ExoMars rover and surface platform in July 2020.
– SpaceX to launch Red Dragon to Mars in 2020.
Asteroid Belt: Dawn Spacecraft orbiting Dwarf Planet Ceres.
Jupiter: Juno in currently in orbit. Europa Clipper is NASA’s next big mission. Destination: Europa Moon.
Saturn: Cassini is doing a fantastic job around the ringed planet. Mission ends in Sept ’17.
Uranus and Neptune – no missions
Pluto: has 5 moons. New Horizons flew past in 2015. Next Flyby: 2014 MU69 – Kuiper belt object (KBO) on 1st Jan 2019. New Horizons will be 100 AU from the Sun in 2038.

Vehicles visiting the International Space Station:
Crew:  Russian Soyuz Spacecraft. Future Crewed Vehicles: CST-100, Orion & Dragon.
Cargo: Progress Spacecraft (cargo),  Dragon spacecraft, Cygnus. Future cargo carrier: Dream Chaser.

Famous Rockets: Proton Rocket, Soyuz Rocket, Ariane 5, Falcon 9. Future rockets: Space Launch System – first launch 2018, Falcon Heavy – first launch late 2017, New Glenn – first launch 2020.

X-37B – USA’s Secret Spaceplane over 677 days in orbit & has returned to Earth!!!

Super Heavy Rocket

Super Heavy Rocket is a launch vehicle that can launch more than 50t (50,000kg) to LEO (low Earth orbit).  Super Heavy Rocket - Russia wants to...

Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway

Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G) is a moon orbiting space station and human spaceflight destination in cislunar space. Formerly known as Deep Space Gateway. What is the...
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