Space and Rocket Launch Events

Chang'e 5 Lunar Landing

Chang'e 5 Lunar Landing

The Chinese Chang'e 5 spacecraft is scheduled to land in the Mons Rümker region of Oceanus Procellarum, located in the northwest region of the near side of the Moon. The lander will collect 2 kg of samples which will then be placed in an ascent vehicle and brought back to Earth.

CRS-21 Pre-Launch News Conference

CRS-21 Pre-Launch News Conference

Representatives from NASA’s International Space Station Program, SpaceX, and the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing will host a Prelaunch news conference detailing information about the CRS-21 Mission.

Hayabusa-2 Sample Returns to Earth

Hayabusa-2 Sample Returns to Earth

When Hayabusa-2 flies past Earth in December 2020, it will release the capsule spinning at one revolution per three seconds. The capsule will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere at 12 km/s and it will deploy a radar-reflective parachute at an altitude of about 10 km, and eject its heat-shield, while transmitting a position beacon signal. The sample capsule will land at the Woomera Test Range in Australia.

CRS-21 Dragon Docking

CRS-21 Dragon Docking

Following its launch atop a Falcon 9, the CRS-21 Dragon will autonomously dock to the ISS, bringing crew supplies as well as experiments.

Chang'e 5 Sample Returns to Earth

Chang'e 5 Sample Returns to Earth

The Chang'e 5 sample-return capsule will enter the Earth's atmosphere and land in Dorbod Banner, Inner Mongolia.

NG-14 Cygnus Release & Reentry

NG-14 Cygnus Release & Reentry

The Northrop Grumman NG-14 Cygnus will be unberthed from the ISS before initiating a destructive reentry into the Earth's atmosphere taking waste along with it.

SLS Green Run Hot Fire

SLS Green Run Hot Fire

The core stage of the 'Space Launch System' will undergo a 'Green Run' test, where the stage and major components will be tested as a full stack to ensure safety of the vehicle. Part of the testing will involve a 8 minute 'Hot Fire' of the core stage, demonstrating performance similar to an actual launch.

Emirates Mars Mission 'Hope' Mars Orbit Insertion

Emirates Mars Mission 'Hope' Mars Orbit Insertion

The Emirates Mars Mission 'Hope' will enter an orbit around Mars after its six months interplanetary journey.

Tianwen-1 Mars Orbit Insertion

Tianwen-1 Mars Orbit Insertion

The Tianwen-1 orbiter and rover will perform a 14 minutes long burn to enter an elliptical orbit around Mars.

NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Landing

NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Landing

NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover will land in the Jezero crater using a MSL-inspired sky-crane. It will investigate an astrobiologically relevant ancient environment on Mars and investigate its surface geological processes and history, including the assessment of its past habitability, the possibility of past life on Mars, and the potential for preservation of biosignatures within accessible geological materials. It will cache sample containers along its route for a potential future Mars sample-return mission. It will also carry a helicopter drone.

Tianwen-1 Rover Landing

Tianwen-1 Rover Landing

The Tianwen-1 rover will attempt to land on Mars using a parachute to slow down and a propulsive landing for the final 1.5km of the descent.

OSIRIS-Rex Sample Return

OSIRIS-Rex Sample Return

In September 2023 the OSIRIS-REx return capsule will re-enter Earth's atmosphere and land under a parachute at the Air Force's Utah Test and Training Range

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