NASA plans to launch humans to our Moon in 2024. The Artemis mission will not only do science on the Moon but also help humanity prepare for a crewed mission to Mars in the 2030s. Read more.
The DART mission will test the "kinetic impactor" technique of planetary defense, which would use the same method to knock an asteroid off an Earth-bound course. Read more.
NASA's Perseverance rover will launch in July 2020. Perseverance will study an ancient river delta, looking for signs of ancient life. Read more.
China's space agency plans to launch a combination lander and rover mission, called Tianwen-1, also in July 2020. Read more.
The United Arab Emirates is also planning to launch a Mars orbiter in July 2020, which will study the Red Planet's atmosphere. Read more.
Japan's space agency is planning to launch a mission to study Mars's moons, Phobos and Diemos, in 2024. Read more.
in 2022, ESA and Roscosmos (Russia's space agency) are teaming up to launch a rover, called Rosalind Franklin, to search for signs of life on Mars. Read more.
In 2022, NASA will launch Psyche: a mission to a metal asteroid, also called Psyche. Scientists think the asteroid Psyche is the ancient core of a planet. Read more.
Jupiter's moon Europa has an internal water ocean underneath a shell of ice. Sometime this decade, NASA will launch its Europa Clipper mission to explore this mysterious moon and study its potential habitability. Read more.
ESA also has a mission planned to Europa. The agency's JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (or JUICE) is slated to launch in 2022. Read more.
NASA is scheduled to launch its Dragonfly mission to Saturn's moon Titan in 2026. Titan is the only other place in the solar system where liquid sits on the surface and rains from the sky. Only on Titan, that liquid is methane. Read more.
NASA is planning to launch its highly anticipated James Webb Space Telescope in 2021. The telescope will show us close-up views of black holes, the insides of planet-forming dust clouds, and possibly even habitable exoplanets. Read more.