List of space missions which will be launched in 2022
New Delhi : Space is all about explorations and the more we explore the more wonderful facts come to light. For the same reason, a number of space missions have been scheduled for 2022. As we have just celebrated the New Year, it is time to learn about the major missions which will be launched in the year.
ARTEMIS 1 MOON MISSION: NASA
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will be sending an uncrewed test flight around the moon. The test flight will be the first launch in the Artemis program, the mission to return humans to the moon. It has been slated to launch on March 12, 2022.
PSYCHE MISSION: NASA
The Psyche Mission is an exploration mission that is aimed to study a unique asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter called ‘Psyche.’ The asteroid is special because of the exposed nickel-iron core of an early planet. The mission has been scheduled to launch on August 1, 2022.
GAGANYAAN 1: ISRO
The Indian Space Research Organization will be launching its first uncrewed test flight to pave the way forward for the first Indian manned mission to space, expected to launch in 2023. Gaganyaan 1 is expected to launch in mid-2022, followed by Gaganyaan 2 at the end of the year.
JUICE (JUPITER ICY MOONS EXPLORER): ESA
The European Space Agency is planning to launch its first large-class mission under the ESA’s Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 programme. The mission will explore the three largest moons of the gas giant – Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa – and bring samples back to Earth for further research. The mission is expected to launch in May 2022.
EXOMARS: ESA, ROSCOSMOS
The ExoMars mission consists of launching a rover and a surface platform on the red planet to know more about the history and composition of the planet. The mission is a joint venture between European Space Agency and Roscosmos, the Russian space agency. The mission is expected to launch on September 20, 2022.