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    What is the next step of nasa for planet mission?


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    There are currently no manned or unmanned planetary missions on the launch schedule through 2013, and only one (to Mars) in design phase.


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    However the following missions are still in progress:

    MESSENGER - The Mercury probe. NASA announced that it will extend the orbital mission for an additional year beyond the planned end of March 17, 2012.

    Cassini - The Saturn probe continues to orbit within the Saturn system, returning valuable data which are due to continue until 2017.

    Curiosity - the Mars roving laboratory mission is en route, due to arrive in a little over six months.

    Dawn - the probe has returned outstanding data from the asteroid Vesta. It will leave this in July and head for the dwarf planet Ceres where it will arrive in February 2015.

    Juno - the latest Jupiter probe is currently out beyond the orbit of Mars, but will swing back in for a gravity asist slingshot round the Earth in 2013, arriving at Jupiter in July 2016 for one year of orbits.

    Opportunity - the incredible Mars rover Opportunity continues to function through another Martian winter, so far past its design lifespan you just know those guys were sandbagging.

    Oddysey - This Mars orbiter may still be partially operational, but I can't confirm it from the more obvious NASA links.

    New Horizons - This probe is en route to Pluto, beyond the orbit of Uranus and due to arrive in July 2015.

    Voyager 1 and 2 - OK, they are now beyond the planets, at the very edge of the solar system, but they still deserve to be remembered. And both are still returning data.

    So , we have two (possibly three) active probes around planets with one active rover on Mars and a second en route, and two probes en route to planets, three if you count dwarf planets. (And I've discounted anything for the moon, or comets, or the Earth - which last time I looked was a planet and is surrounded by all kinds of observational satellites.
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    Dawn - the probe has returned outstanding data from the asteroid Vesta. It will leave this in July and head for the dwarf planet Ceres where it will arrive in February 2015.
    With the various models suggesting up to a quarter of that dwarf planet being water, and some of it liquid, Europa style, under its surface, it might turn out to be a very interesting place.
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    "Opportunity - the incredible Mars rover Opportunity continues to function through another Martian winter, so far past its design lifespan you just know those guys were sandbagging."

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