NASA missions and more: Here’s what 2022 has in store for space exploration, Science News

2021 has been a busy year in terms of space exploration jumps and celestial events. Mankind’s urge to conquer new frontiers of infinite expanse knew no bounds. 2022 seems to promise the same and more. Here’s a look at some of the top things planned for the New Year.


The first milestones have already been reached in the deployment of the most powerful telescope made by mankind. The James Webb Space Telescope has been fully deployed. But what remains are crucial calibrations that will need to be completed before the telescope sets its sights on hitherto unknown corners of space.


Space tourism is slowly advancing towards greater availability, at least for the elite. But further progress is expected in the years to come. The next space tourists to visit the International Space Station would be three men from the United States, Canada and Israel. It will travel to the ISS aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and will be led by the company Axiom.


NASA wants to place a space station called Gateway in orbit around the moon. But first, he will have to study what it would be like to place a spacecraft in such an orbit.

For that, he plans to put a satellite the size of a microwave in orbit around the Moon. The Capstone mission, as it is known, would be launched by Rocket Lab from New Zealand.


SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is slated to launch Crew-4 to replace Crew-3 on the International Space Station. One of the new teams, Jessica Watkins, would be the first black woman to become a full crew member aboard the space station.


NASA chose Boeing and SpaceX to build spacecraft to launch crews into space. While SpaceX has done this several times so far, Boeing’s Starliner program has run into issues. He plans to attempt an unmanned orbital test trip to the space station before his first astronaut flight.

In the same month, China is expected to continue its space station program. Chinese astronauts are already working aboard Tianhe, the first module of the Tiangong space station. In 2022, China plans to launch two laboratory sections of the space station.


Russia plans to return to the moon. Its last mission to the Moon, Luna 24, ended in 1976. The Luna-25 mission would see a launch towards the south pole of the Moon.

India could launch the Chandrayaan-3 mission to the moon. An Indian spacecraft successfully orbiting the Moon in 2019. But attempts to land a surface rover resulted in a dramatic crash. India is trying again.


August could see South Korea launch its first lunar mission. The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter will orbit the Moon. He will test and demonstrate a number of technologies. The mission will be launched by the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The same month, NASA plans to launch a mission to an asteroid composed mostly of metal. The asteroid is called Psyche. The mission has the same name.


In September, Europe and Russia could launch Rosalind Franklin rover to Mars

The same month, NASA’s DART mission could crash into an asteroid.

NASA also plans to fly over Jupiter’s Europa satellite in its Juno mission.

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