Beyond Mars and 67P, what is the next most viable mission for probe landing? How far are we from sending one to the Jupiter or Saturn system?

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    $\begingroup$ Future NASA missions are listed here: i.imgur.com/2qgg1BQ.jpg $\endgroup$
    – Scott
    Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 19:46
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    $\begingroup$ Next one is probably ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 planned for 2015 and sending a lander and a rover to the Moon. Then China's Chang'e 5 in 2017 with a sample return also to the Moon, ESA's ExoMars rover to Mars in 2018, NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission,... others I know of are even more tentative. There's however a few upcoming sample return missions, such as JAXA's Hayabusa 2 that launches in 11 days towards asteroid 1999 JU3, NASA's OSIRIS-REx in 2016 to asteroid 101955 Bennu,... $\endgroup$
    – TildalWave
    Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 19:56
  • $\begingroup$ @ TidalWave Great, I forgot that Hayabusa 2 mission is sample-return. $\endgroup$
    – mark.g
    Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 20:00
  • $\begingroup$ Poorly. Not very well to the mind of most. More is better. $\endgroup$
    – geoffc
    Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 20:04
  • $\begingroup$ What do you mean by viable? Feasible? Our own moon is certainly most feasible. Or is that not what you're asking? $\endgroup$
    – gerrit
    Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 20:13

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The next lander beyond Mars will be the Osiris-Rex lander, expected to launch in 2018, which will land on an asteroid. The next mission to Saturn or Jupiter will likely be the Europa Lander, which is tentatively planned for 2022.


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