Exploration and Development
We're in a golden age of robotic space exploration. Mars
Odyssey, SOHO, ACE, Mars Global Surveyor, Cassini,
Stardust, and even Voyager are probing our Sun and our solar
system as never before. A number of exiting new mission are
either on their way to their destinations or will be launched
If you rely on TV for your information about space missions, it
won't be very deep, and you'll only hear about the important events
shortly before they occur. It's better to go to the source.
I hope the following links are useful to those interested in
learning more about Space Exploration. Beyond exploration, and
hopefully more and more following right on its heels, is Space
Development. This is just beginning, and I hope I can help you learn
more. Visit Frontier
Files Online if you're interested in discussing Space Development,
and exploring what you can do.
Just remember that all the sites you visit, everyone is trying to
put their best foot forward. Keep your brain in active mode and don't
swallow anything whole.
If you have suggestions about how I can improve this page, please e-mail.
Last Updated: 16 November 2003
Articles | News | Missions | Companies | Organizations
Current Articles of Interest
Space News Sites
These are the sites I regularly visit to glean the most important
current space news. Each has its strengths and weaknesses. I'd put all
three in my bookmarks.
- Space Daily
- The best written of the space news sites, but the least
- Spaceflight Now
- This site mostly just parrots press releases, but does a good
job staying curent, even over the weekend.
- The flashiest site, and to their credit, they have toned
down their advertising.
OSS Missions Page
- This page gives you links to a large number of official sites
for NASA space missions, including those in developement and proposal
Currently Operational Missions
- The Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment
- A Japanese (ISAS) Mission, but they have provided an
English-language version of their site.
Deep Space Missions
- Beagle 2
- The British-led misison to Mars - soon to launch. An
- A solar wind sample return mission.
- Mars Global Surveyor
- A new Discovery mission to return a sample of comet dust. Read
all about it.
- Deep Space
- A lesser known mission at JPL. This is part of NASA's New
Millennium program. Be the first on your block to know about it.
- The Cassini Mission
- This should return some of the coolest images and data from
deep space ever. I had better, given how much it costs.
- The Mars Missions
- A common page for JPL Mars Missions. Or, if you just want the
latest, go to JPL's Mars
Proposed Missions & Missions in
- A Japanese lunar mission
- A mission to Ceres
- Solar STEREO
- A Mission to orbit Mercury and study the planet up close
- Deep Impact
- A mission to blow a crater in a comet, then to fly by it a
short time later with a spectrograph. Pretty creative, I must say.
- The Europa Orbiter
- New Horizons
- So far, this mission to Pluto and the Kuiper belt has been
funded, and is looking forward to a January 2006 launch with a backup
opportunity in 2007.
- An ESA mission to explore comets and asteroids.
- The Galileo Home Page -
- Many beautiful and intriguing images, and much other
information about the mission to Jupiter. Especially check out those
wild Europa images.
- COmet Nucleus TOUR. A Mission to fly by diverse comet nuclei at
low altitudes. The spacecraft was launced in July of 2002, operated
flawlessly for several weeks, and then disintegrated when its solid
rocket motor was fired. It is considered a total loss.
- The Near Earth
Asteroid Rendezvous -
- The official page about NEAR, which will made rendezvous with
433 Eros in early 2000. NEAR was designed, built and operated by the
Johns Hopkins University Applied
- Lunar Prospector
- A British builder of small rockets.
- HighLift Systems
- Space Elevators. This approach is promising if the materials
technology pans out.
- The Orbital Recovery
- They are marketing the Spacecraft Life Extension System, and
idea whose time may well have come.
- JP Aerospace
- This is a volunteer-based organization that bills themselves as
America's Other Space Program.
- A serious commercial space company, and the designers/builders
of CHIPSat, which launched in January 2003.
- These folks are planning to build a lunar rover.
- TransOrbital, Inc.
- Malin Space
- The brains behind the Mars Global Surveyor camera. New Pictures
from MGSO are posted here.
- Autonomous navigation.
- A small spacecraft control company founded by Mike Paluszek. They
really are from around Princeton.
- Spectrum Astro
- An Arizona company making small spacecraft.
- The Planetary Society.
- Advocates of planetary exploration and education about
- The National
- Advocating advancement of a human precence in space.
- The Moon Society
to the Moon
Space Frontier Foundation.
- The Artemis
- A private return-to-the-moon initiative.
- The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab Space Department.
- The Lunar
General Space Sites
Science Research Discoveries.
- An educational site about the latest work in planetary science.
Space Home Page.
- This Harvard astrophysicist follows everything that happens in
space very closely. You can get on his free e-mail list and get
semi-regular reports on what's happening with the Space Shuttle, Mir,
and other missions.
- Today @ NASA
- The official latest news from NASA.
- NASA Home Page.
Other Space Related Sites
- Space Jobs
- Lists jobs available in the space industry. you can register
- Yahoo's Space
Top | The