Muses-C

Asteroid-exploration
satellites


Below are checklists of Asteroid-exploration satellites, including launch dates and images of the satellites. This is a work in progress, and completeness is our goal. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.


Satellites covered:


Japanese Muses-series asteroid-exploration satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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Muses-series lunar-exploration satellites
(Muses-A — Muses-B)
MusesMuses
Muses-series astronomical satellites
(Muses-B)
Muses-C follow-on / Hayabusa-2, MASCOT, MINERVA-2 (asteroid sample return)2014-12-03Hayabusa-2
Hayabusa-2+MASCOT
MINERVA-2

Other (selected) US asteroid-exploration satellites:

SatelliteLaunch DateImages
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NEAR / Shoemaker / Discovery-2 (Eros asteroid)1996-02-17NEAR
NEAR
NEAR (patch)
NEAR / ShoemakerNEAR / Shoemaker
Dawn / Discovery-9 (Vesta and Ceres asteroids)2007-09-27Dawn
Dawn
Dawn (old configuration)
DawnDawn
OSIRIS-REx / New Frontiers-3 (asteroid sample-return)2016-09-08OSIRIS-RExOSIRIS-RExOSIRIS-REx
Lucy / Discovery-13 (asteroid visits)2021-?
DART (asteroid impact)Europe (ESA)2021-?DART
DART
Psyche / Discovery-14 (asteroid visit)2022-?

Other (selected) non-US asteroid-exploration satellites:

SatelliteCountryLaunch DateImages
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Marco Polo (asteroid sample-return)Europe (ESA) / Japan (JAXA)CanceledMarco PoloMarco Polo
PROCYON (asteroid flyby)Japan (JAXA)2014-12-03PROCYONPROCYONPROCYON
Hera (asteroid flyby)Europe (ESA)2024-?HeraHera
Hera


Links to asteroid-exploration satellite information:

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