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List of the upcoming space missions and events

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List of the upcoming space missions and events

2014

  • November – (Rosetta) – ESA mission reaches Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
  • November – (Philae) – ESA Rosetta Lander touches down on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
  • Virgin Galactic will begin scheduled flights of SpaceShipTwo to sub-orbit.

2015

  • February 1 – (Dawn) – NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will enter orbit around Ceres), the first spacecraft to visit a dwarf planet.
  • May – The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch an orbiter towards Venus.
  • July 14 – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will arrive at Pluto, becoming the first spacecraft to flyby the dwarf planet and also returning the first close-up images of this distant world and its moons.
  • August 15 – BepiColombo – Launch of ESA and ISAS Orbiter and Lander Missions to Mercury)
  • October – The Google Lunar X Prize may be won by Astrobotic Technology, who has a contract with SpaceX to use one of their rockets to take a lunar rover to the Moon.
  • The ESA’s Don Quijote) spacecraft will launch, a mission to impact an asteroid and study the change in its trajectory to see if such a method could be used to deflect an asteroid away from Earth.
  • China will land its unmanned Chang’e 4 spacecraft on the Moon.
  • Russia is expected to land two unmanned probes on the Moon, Luna-Glob 1 and 2.

2016

  • March – NASA’s next Mars lander, InSight, will launch to the Red Planet to study beneath the surface using a drill.
  • The first part of the ESA’s ExoMars mission, the Trace Gas Orbiter (to study the atmosphere) and the EDM lander (to test landing technologies), will launch to Mars.
  • September – NASA will launch its own asteroid sample return mission, called OSIRIS-REx.
  • Bearing the same name as its successful probes in the 60s, 70s and 80s, Russia will launch a new orbiter called Venera-D to Venus.
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spacecraft will complete its first flight, launching on an Atlas V rocket.
  • NASA’s solar powered Juno) spacecraft will arrive at Jupiter.
  • The The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will land its Chandrayaan-2 rover on the Moon, in tandem with a lunar orbiter.

2017

  • July – The ESA’s new solar orbiter, SOLO, will launch to the Sun.
  • December – First flight of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket, taking the (Orion) spacecraft on an unmanned flight around the Moon.
  • China will launch another mission to the Moon, Chang’e 5, this time with the goal of returning lunar samples to Earth.

2018

2019

  • A proposed NASA telescope called EXCEDE (Exoplanetary Circumstellar Environments and Disk Explorer) will launch to observe planet formation around nearby stars.

2020

  • The ISS will be decommissioned and de-orbited at some point after 2020.
  • Russia will launch an orbiter, lander and rover to the Moon on the Luna-Grunt 1 mission.

2021

  • Russia’s next lunar lander, *Luna-Grunt 28, will return samples to Earth.
    NASA’s (Orion) spacecraft will fly with a crew for the first time, possibly taking astronauts to visit an asteroid.

2023

2024

  • Solar Probe Plus will fly into the Sun’s atmosphere (or corona) for the first time.

2231

  • April 5 – Pluto – is passed by Neptune in distance from the Sun for the next 20 years.

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  • Voyager 2 passes within 4.3 light years of Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.

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  • Estimated lifespan of the two Voyager Golden Records, before the information stored on them is rendered unrecoverable.

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18 November 2014 at 12:09 am

Ennio Morricone, Arena di Verona

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Ennio Morricone, Arena di Verona

Ennio Morricone, Arena di Verona

Il 22 agosto 2013 ho assistito per la terza volta ad un concerto del grande Ennio Morricone (la seconda all’Arena di Verona) :)

La prima volta è stata il 25 agosto 2012, a Rimini, quando ho realizzato un servizio fotografico sul concerto.
Le foto sono qui.

La seconda volta è stata il 15 settembre 2012, quando per il mio compleanno mi sono regalato il concerto da spettatore, godendomelo così appieno, all’Arena di Verona!

Per chi non l’avesse mai visto dal vivo, lo consiglio “molto vivamente” :)

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