Astra's Stargate Space Explorers
This page covers the agencies and missions that keep expanding our exploration of space and development of earth-based support facilities. There's exciting new activities in space exploration!
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Astra's Space Pages
+ + Check out current U.S.A. space activities on the Launches and Landings page at NASA
In Orbit - Active Space Missions
On the Horizon - Space Missions under development
Lucy - mission to Jupiter's trojan asteroids
Lucy launched October 16, 2021, on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 in Florida. In December 2024, Lucy will return from the Sun to swing back toward Earth for another gravity assist that will propel Lucy toward the asteroid (52246 Donaldjohanson in the main asteroid belt to be encountered in 2025. After visiting Donaldjohanson, Lucy will continue toward Jupiter's Trojan asteroids, will its first encounter with (3548) Eurybates in 2027.
- - Find out more about Lucy at Astra's Asteroid mission page.
Martian Moons eXploration mission (MMX) - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Mission to survey Mars' two moons: Phobos and Deimos. The spacecraft will collect a sample from Phobos and bring it back to Earth. Launch planned for 2024.
- - Find out more about MMX on Astra's Mars Exploration page.
Europa Clipper - mission Jupiter's moon Europa to be launch October 2024
Exo Mars Express - ESA's Mars Rosalind Rover to be launched?
Launch Facilites and Support
Major Space Agencies of Planet Earth
+ + United Nations of Earth National Space Law Collection - Office for Outer Space Affairs
Astra's Citizens in Space page proclaiming the space frontier now open as "regular people" launch to Space!
Virgin Galactic - Dedicated to Space Tourism
Space Exploration Technologoies Corporation- SpaceX developing launch vehicles
United Launch Alliance (ULA) - 50-50 joint venture owned by Lockheed Martin and The Boeing Company
Commercial Crew Program
The Commercial Crew Program is a human spaceflight program operated by NASA. Two American aerospace manufacturers, Boeing and SpaceX, are the main corporations involved. This program is allows private enterprises to transport crews to and from the International Space Station (ISS). The two spacecraft that have been developed are SpaceX's Crew Dragon and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner. SpaceX has successfully launched NASA astronauts to the station. Boeing continues its development of the Starliner capsule with an intended launch second quarter 2023.
NASA's Commercial Crew Program
Commercial Crew Press Kit PDF - Download for detailed information
Building a second system for taking NASA astronauts to the ISS.
SpaceX Crew Dragon
As of the update of this page, Crew Dragon has been launched 23 times with 22 visits to the ISS for resupply. The Crew Dragons launch of astronauts Behnken and Hurley in May of 2020 was a major milestone for commercial space flight.
Journals and on-line Resources
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