Next in Space

What's coming up in space exploration

Government

2017

2017
Launch of Chang'e-5 lunar sample return mission

2018

January 2018
Pad abort test of CST-100 Starliner
April 2018
Launch of BepiColombo
April-May 2018
Launch of Red Dragon
June 2018
Orbital flight test (uncrewed) of CST-100 Starliner
June-July 2018
Arrival of Hayabusa2 at asteroid Ryugu
2018
Launch of Tianhe-1
August 2018
First crewed flight of CST-100 Starliner
September 2018
First launch (uncrewed) of SLS and Orion (EM-1)
October 2018
Launch of the James Webb Space Telescope
December 2018
First operational flight of CST-100 Starliner
2018-2019
Launch of Chang'e-4 and first soft landing on the far side of the Moon

2019

December 2019
Depart of Hayabusa2 from asteroid Ryugu

2020

Around 2020
Voyager 1 initiates instrument power shutdown
2020
Launch of the Mars 2020 rover
2020
Launch of China's Mars Rover
Around 2020
Voyager 2 initiates instrument power shutdown
July 2020
Launch of the ExoMars Rover
July 2020
Launch of Hope, UAE's Mars Orbiter
2020 or 2021
Launch of Axiom Space's commercial ISS module
December 2020
Landing of Hayabusa2 back on Earth

2021

2021
Completion of the first Federation spacecraft
August 2021
First crewed launch of SLS and Orion (EM-2)

2023

2023
First flight of the Federation spacecraft

2025

No earlier than 2025
Voyager 2 can no longer power any single instrument
No earlier than 2025
Voyager 1 can no longer power any single instrument

2030

2030
First launch of Long March 9

Far Future

In about 300 years
Voyager 1 reaches the Oort Cloud
In about 30,000 years
Voyager 1 leaves the Oort Cloud
In about 40,000 years
Voyager 2 passes within 1.7 light-years from Ross 248
In about 40,000 years (from 2013)
Voyager 1 is closer to Gliese 445 than to our sun
In about 296,000 years
Voyager 2 passes within 4.3 light-years from Sirius