Questions tagged [future-missions]

Missions expected to happen over the next decade, but that have not launched yet. In particular if such is only a concept at this time.

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Why will the next missions to Mars not search for past life where once hydrothermal vents were?

The iron-sulfur world theory and the deep sea vent hypothesis are among the most popular ones to explain the origin of life on Earth. This article (Michalski J et al. Ancient hydrothermal seafloor ...
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Has any mission to Titan tested the idea of producing electricity from Saturn's magnetic field?

From an answer to Astronomy SE question How does Titan maintain the atmosphere And we know the idea of generating electricity with a coil orbiting through a planet's magnetic field is sound in ...
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How will Mars terraforming missions really work, how do pioneers like SpaceX plan on conquering Mars? [duplicate]

We know Mars is now dead in the water (or space), it is now merely an oversized rock hurtling through space, with a bit of atmosphere. I was reading up on terraforming the planet, and learned that ...
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What are the chances a space probe will make it to another star without hitting a bit of space dust?

tl;dr: What is the density of "space dust" or micrometeorites in interstellar space, and how likely is it that a tiny interstellar craft could avoid hitting any? In a future time we will likely ...
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Does it make sense to invest money on space investigation? [closed]

I recently saw this picture - drawn by the excellent Spanish cartoonist 'El roto' Translated (please, don't hesitate to edit the question if you find a better translation) They looked for signals ...
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What is the state of current plans for a permanent moon base?

With all the news regarding SLS/Commercial Crew and the refocus on Moon then Mars, I was curious as to what we will actually be able to do with these upcoming launch capabilities. I'm familiar with ...
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Is there a list of space exploration mission ordered by “size”?

While playing KSP I came to realize how how counter-intuitive distances in space exploration are. Just because a planet is closer doesn't mean it's easier to get to. For example, I used to think ...
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Longer lasting missions [closed]

I realize the tremendous advances in the length of missions the last 20 years but I have a lay question so please don't beat me up. If an asteroid such as Oumuamua, billions of years old has the ...
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Could it be worthwhile to bring a small and simple greenhouse with biofilms along with one of the next missions to Mars?

Planetary protection rules could be a reason not to bring biofilms to Mars, but because several landers and satellites that crashed or landed on Mars were probably not sterilized these rules were ...
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What are the advantages to sending a person vs robotics to Mars?

Why is it needed to send a person to Mars one day when we have Rovers? What not obvious advantages do humans have in space exploration over Robotics and vise versa?
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NASA's Mars helicopter blade & weight

I've been really interested in NASA's Mars helicopter and have been reading bits of articles on that recently. But I have a few questions I hope people can help me understand — in this article, it ...
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What is the response to the criticism of LOP-G project by Zubrin and others?

Many people have aired criticism of the project (see here for some). Was there any response from the project's team or NASA regarding these criticisms?
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How many companies are working on creating viable spaceplanes in the near future for human spaceflight(10-20 years)

As we are goinh into 2019 and we've seen the likes of XCOR Aerospace adn Virgin orbit working towards spaceplanes. How many other companies are working on getting humans to space, suborbital and ...
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LEO or GEO or Lx for a space shipyard?

Given space mining and in situ production goes well, where would a space shipyard best located, LEO, GEO or one of L points and why? Rough ideas regarding "specs" of the shipyard: a space shipyard ...
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How much asteroid can we divert from the Earth?

There are many movies with the Earth being saved by sending a bomb out blow up the asteroid. What realistically could we do to that degree today? Do we have interplanetary missiles? if so how much of ...
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Differences in NASA long term human space exploration since 1989?

I'm doing some research in to the various NASA long term programs for human space exploration, and I'm having a really hard time figuring out how they are really different. It seems that since the "90 ...
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What is the rarest launch window?

What situation would make a launch window rare? What is the rarest known launch window?
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Does any group have plans for manned missions longer than the 5 year Callisto mission?

I understand the five-year duration of the HOPE Callisto mission to be at the edge of future manned missions for NASA. Are there any missions planned to be longer than that, by NASA or anyone else? ...
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Does NASA, or any other group, have any plans to directly explore caves on Mars or the moon?

The importance of Martian caves for life past and present, volatiles being trapped, and for future habitats would seem to put their exploration high on the list but I don't see any missions to do so. ...
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Is there any central world organization which authenticate achievement of various space agencies missions?

Recently Isro's mars orbitor has completed 4 years in mars orbit I guess. I am proud of that as I am Indian. but as curious person I still wonder for proofs of that mars orbitor is still in mars ...
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How much CO2 would city-to-city rocket flight produce compared to airliners?

After seeing Elon Musk's proposal of using rockets to travel from city to city I was wondering how much fuel such a rocket would use, and how would that compare to traditional flights in terms of ...
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Any proposed missions to explore the black liquid on Titan? Technical challenges?

I was very interested to know what the black lake on Titan would look like. Are there any plans or proposals for a future mission to land on and/or in one of the lakes of black liquid on Titan, or ...
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Are there any planned missions for spacecraft leaving the solar system? [duplicate]

We have some spacecraft that have extended missions outside of the solar system (ie voyager), but are there any plans for new spacecraft that will leave our solar system either by a primary or ...
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Juno possible retirement adjustment

Notice: I deeply apologize if I'm missing a Logical Issue to this Plan. Instead of ending Juno's mission in 2018 by deorbiting it into Jupiter why not follow these steps. Allow the amount of time ...
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Is a one-way manned mission to Mars currently possible? [closed]

I read about the manned mission here and I have a few questions: What prevents a return trip from Mars. Why can't a spaceship with efficient fuel, food and oxygen supplies be built for a return trip? ...
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What landings beyond Mars and the Moon are scheduled?

Recent years have brought us some interesting landings: Titan, the comet, the Chinese landed on the Moon, we got a lab the size of a SUV on Mars. Currently, Mars is in the focus of the West, while ...
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For one way missions to any planet is it planned to pay astronauts? [closed]

As one way missions astronauts would never come back (because it's a real one way mission with a many years trip), is it planed to pay them or giving them enough hardware, tools, food is their salary ?...
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Can Red Dragon generate electrical power after a Mars landing, or will it rely only on battery power?

Red Dragon will presumably have to shed or re-stow solar arrays before any landing. What will be the source of electrical power after landing?
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Can we displace earth? [closed]

From the gravitation equation it is clear the earth gets pulled but we fall due to negligible mass. But, if each and every person on the earth takes a jet-pack and jumps to a height equivalent to 20 ...
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What do the gravitational wave findings mean for Evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna satellite

Being announced as the discovery of the decade (sucks to work in science for the next 4 years I guess) the recent announcement of the discovery of gravitational waves from the collision of two black ...
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Similar planet to earth

Is there any planet outside solar system that has almost same characters that of earth? If not found till now,will it be possible ever to shift the whole human race to a new planet,because as Stephen ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of all space probes ever launched?

I'm working on a project and I was wondering if there is a comprehensive archive or a database available out there of all of the spacecrafts and human made probes that were ever launched into space (...
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Is space mining and development as shown in the television show “The Expanse” realistic?

In the television show "The Expanse", we see the Solar System having been partially colonized and developed during the 23rd century. The spacecraft in the show appear to depend on conventional ...
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Is there any plan to send a space telescope to orbit around gas giants?

While sending a space probe to orbit around a gas giant is often heard of, are there plans to send a space telescope to orbit around gas giants, so that it can operate far away from the sun, or even ...
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Are there currently any plans for a Venus lander?

I am interested in what the surface of Venus looks like in true color, but have discovered that true color images of Venusian surface are rare, and am hoping that a lander mission is planned to take ...
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What is the accepted methodology for prioritizing scientific exploration missions?

This question is motivated by an argument that arose in relation to this question. We know there are decadal surveys recommending the priorities in planetary exploration. There is also a neat problem ...
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Why isn't the Europa mission more ambitious given the capacity of SLS?

SLS Block I will have about three and Block II five times more capacity in terms of payload mass to LEO, than any launcher which has been used for an interplanetary mission to date. But the mission ...
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Are there any Mars missions currently in the design phase which could take advantage of NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator?

NASA's LDSD project, which underwent a mostly successful test last year, has been indicated to improve the maximum payload deliverable to the surface of Mars from 1.5 metric tonnes to 2-3 metric ...
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One year Mission: Using data from Valeri Polyakov?

NASA One Year Mission will send two people to ISS for one year to help us to get closer to Mars Valeri Polyakov Is current record holder for longest space flight. So, there is one of most obvious ...
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Will Soyuz TMA-16M have the most experienced crew?

I was looking at the names of the crew for Soyuz TMA-16M (for the year long expedition) and I was thinking "wow that's an experienced crew!". I looked up their combined experience and it shows as: ...
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Any “what if” plans for space programs?

I assume that all space programs, manned and unmanned, have many "what if" plans for situations that might happen. For example, on the ISS they had fire alarm and evacuated to the Russian side. Are ...
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Could the ISS be propelled to Mars?

As the ISS has shown the ability for human habitation for extended periods, might we be able to add a propulsion unit to the ISS that would be capable of providing delta-v to send ISS to a martian ...
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Why is Mars favored over Venus? [closed]

There's been a lot of talk in the last years about a trip to Mars (with SpaceX having the most serious intentions). I can understand that it has a less harsh environment and it will be easier to land ...
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Good year for start of an interstellar mission, due to gravity-assist

What is the next excellent year for a interstellar mission (beyond Neptune). The main acceleration for those missions are gravity-assists with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 2 managed ...
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Are there any planned extra-solar missions by NASA or others?

Voyager 1 and 2 have been gone for a LONG time now (decades) and presumably we can produce bigger, faster and better probes these days that could tell us a lot more about the heliosphere. I've not ...
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Is there any chance of a US based astronaut launch prior to 2017?

Since the last shuttle retired in 2011, US astronauts have been paying to ride to space on Russian rockets. According to recent news: BBC 16 September 2014 the earliest US launch is late 2017. ...
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What would be the delta-v of rendezvousing with temporarily captured asteroids in Sun-Earth L-points?

It is believed that at any point in time, a handful of small asteroids (TCO's) are temporarily orbiting the Sun-Earth Lagrange points 1 & 2. They are random samples from the Asteroid Belt and ...
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How useful is placing an asteroid in Lunar orbit?

Quoting from NASA warned plan to send humans to Mars may fail news article: The Obama administration is opposed to another moon landing, saying such a mission would be too costly. It wants ...
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Why doesn't NASA create targeted campaigns for donations?

In this article is stated that in order to land on Mars NASA might need the help of the ESA or even the Chinese, not because it doesn't have the capability, but because it needs more financial help. ...
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What's after Pluto for New Horizons?

I have read that the New Horizons probe plans on visiting some other Kuiper-belt objects once it passes Pluto, but not sure which ones. This brings up a few questions: Are there any leading KBO ...