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Space Science Missions

We have quite a few missions, some well-known and others not so well known. Many involve cooperation with international partners or other U.S. agencies . The links below will take you directly to the mission’s home page; for full names and brief descriptions of these missions, click on the column headings (i.e., Under study , In development , Operating, or Past missions ). We also have a page with some very preliminary mission concepts .

Under study

ARES
AIM
Constellation-X
Dawn
EUSO
GEC
Geospace
GLAST
JIMO
Kepler
LISA
Mag Constellation
Mag Multiscale
Mars 2007+
MARVEL
New Horizons (Pluto)
NGST
Phoenix
SCIM
SDO
Sentinels
SIM
Solar Probe
Space Tech 7
SPIDR
THEMIS
TPF
WISE

preliminary concepts

In development

AMS
ASPERA-3
Astro-E2
CINDI
Deep Impact
GALEX
Gravity Probe-B
Herschel
Hubble SM4
Mars ’03 Rovers
Mars ’05 Orbiter
Mars Express
MESSENGER
Planck
Rosetta
SIRTF
SOFIA
Solar-B
Space Tech 5
Space Tech 6
STEREO
Swift
TWINS

Operating

ACE
Cassini
Chandra
CHIPS
Cluster
FAST
FUSE
Galileo
Genesis
Geotail
HETE-2
Hubble (HST)
IMAGE
INTEGRAL
MAP
Mars Global Surv.
Mars Odyssey
Nozomi
Polar
RHESSI
RXTE
SAMPEX
SOHO
Stardust
SWAS
TIMED
TRACE
Ulysses
Voyager
Wind
XMM-Newton

Deep Space Network
Space Science Data

Past missions

Ended after 1989:
ASCA
Astro-1 / Astro-2
Astro-E
BBXRT
Clementine
CGRO
COBE
CONTOUR
CRRES
DE-1
Deep Space 1
Deep Space 2
DXS
Equator-S
EUVE
HALCA / VLBI
Hipparcos
Hubble SM3B
Hubble (past)
IEH-3
ISEE-3/ICE
IMP-8
IRTS
ISO
IUE
Kuiper (KAO)
Leonid MAC
Lunar Prospector
Magellan
Mars Clim. Orb.
Mars Observer
Mars Pathfinder
Mars Polar Lander
NEAR
ORFEUS
Pioneer 10/11
Pioneer Venus
ROSAT
SAC-B
SNOE
Spartan
Starshine
TERRIERS
TSS-1, TSS-1R
WIRE
Yohkoh

Older missions:
JPL missions
NSSDC database

You may also be interested in a comprehensive history of Space Science from the 1940s to present, as well as an excellent reference to the various deep space spacecraft that have been launched by the U.S., Soviet Union/Russia, and other countries since the beginning of the space age.

Multi-Mission Programs

The following programs include multiple missions, many of which are linked above. You can see brief descriptions of these programs, along with links to them, here.

Ground-Based Astronomy
Most of our research activities are carried out using spacecraft (earth-orbiting or interplanetary) or suborbital vehicles (sounding rockets, balloons, and high-altitude aircraft). The National Science Foundation is the government agency that is responsible for most U.S. ground-based astronomical research. However, we do support a few ground-based activities, including:

Non-Space Science missions