Robot Roundup

Robotic deep space missions currently or recently in flight.

Includes links to articles on this site, the official web sites, and NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System 3D simulation.

 

Mercury Missions to Mercury


MESSENGER
MESSENGER
Orbiter
Agency: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) / NASA

RWR stories | Official site | Wikipedia | Eyes on the Solar System


 

Venus Missions to Venus


Akatsuki
Akatsuki
Orbiter
Agency: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Official site | Wikipedia


Venus Express
Venus Express
Orbiter
Agency: European Space Agency (ESA)

RWR stories | Official site | Wikipedia | WolframAlpha | Eyes on the Solar System


 

Moon Missions to Luna (Earth’s Moon)


Chang'e 2
Chang’e 2
Orbiter. Has now left lunar orbit for deep space maneuvers.
Agency: China National Space Administration (CNSA)

Official site | Wikipedia


Chang'e 3

Chang’e 3 and Yutu (Jade Rabbit)
Lander and rover.
Agency: China National Space Administration (CNSA)

Official site | Wikipedia


ladee
Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE, pronounced “laddie”)
Orbiter.
Agency: Ames Research Center (NASA)

Official site | Wikipedia


Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
Orbiter
Agency: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) / NASA

RWR stories | Official NASA site | Official Goddard site | Wikipedia

| Eyes on the Solar System


 

Mars Missions to Mars


maven orbiter
Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN)
Orbiter (en route to Mars)
Agency: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) / NASA

RWR stories | Official site | Wikipedia | Eyes on the Solar System


Mars Exploration Rovers
Mars Exploration Rovers
Twin rovers (‘Spirit’ no longer operational; ‘Opportunity’ still going strong)
Agency: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) / NASA

RWR stories | Official site | Wikipedia


Mars Express
Mars Express
Orbiter
Agency: European Space Agency (ESA)

RWR stories | Official site | Wikipedia


Odyssey
Mars Odyssey
Orbiter
Agency: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) / NASA

RWR stories | Official site | Wikipedia


Mars Orbiter Mission orbiter

Mars Orbiter Mission
Agency: Indian Space Research Organisation (IRSO)

Official site | Wikipedia


Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Orbiter
Agency: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) / NASA
Mars Recon Orbiter

RWR stories | Official site | Wikipedia | Eyes on the Solar System


Mars Science Laboratory
Mars Science Laboratory (‘Curiosity’)
Landed on Mars August 5, 2012
Agency: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) / NASA

RWR stories | Official site | Wikipedia


 

Asteroids & Comets Missions to Asteroids & Comets


Dawn

Dawn
Multiple asteroid orbiter
Agency: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) / NASA

RWR stories | Official site | Wikipedia

| Eyes on the Solar System


EPOXI

EPOXI (formerly Deep Impact)
After 9 years and multiple successful missions, controllers lost contact with the spacecraft in August, 2013.
Agency: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) / NASA

Official site | Wikipedia


Rosetta
Rosetta
En route to Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (arrives May 2014)
Agency: European Space Agency (ESA)

Official site | Wikipedia


 

Jupiter Missions to Jupiter


Juno
Juno
Orbiter en route to Jupiter (arrives July 2016)
Agency: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) / NASA

RWR stories | Official site | Wikipedia


 

Saturn Missions to Saturn


Cassini
Cassini
Orbiter
Agency: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) / NASA

RWR stories | Official site | Wikipedia | Eyes on the Solar System


 

Pluto Missions to Pluto & Beyond


New Horizons
New Horizons
En route to Pluto (arrives July 2015)
Agency: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) / NASA

RWR stories | Official site | Wikipedia | WolframAlpha | Eyes on the Solar System


Voyager
Voyager
Twin spacecraft in interstellar space (after multi-planet tour in 1970s-80s)
Agency: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) / NASA

RWR stories | Official site | Wikipedia | WolframAlpha | Eyes on the Solar System


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