Next in Space

What's coming up in space exploration

NASA

2018

January 2018
Pad abort test of CST-100 Starliner
April-May 2018
Launch of Red Dragon
June 2018
Orbital flight test (uncrewed) of CST-100 Starliner
August 2018
First crewed flight of CST-100 Starliner
October 2018
Launch of the James Webb Space Telescope
December 2018
First operational flight of CST-100 Starliner

2020

Around 2020
Voyager 1 initiates instrument power shutdown
2020
Launch of the Mars 2020 rover
Around 2020
Voyager 2 initiates instrument power shutdown
2020 or 2021
Launch of Axiom Space's commercial ISS module

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

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