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- NASAs next Mars lander, InSight, will launch to the Red Planet to study beneath the surface using a drill.
- The first part of the ESAs ExoMars mission, the Trace Gas Orbiter (to study the atmosphere) and the EDM lander (to test landing technologies), will launch to Mars.
- NASA will launch its own asteroid sample return mission, called OSIRISREx.
- Bearing the same name as its successful probes in the 60s, 70s and 80s, Russia will launch a new orbiter called VeneraD to Venus.
- Sierra Nevada Corporations Dream Chaser spacecraft will complete its first flight, launching on an Atlas V rocket.
- NASAs solar powered Juno spacecraft will arrive at Jupiter.
- January The ESAs new solar orbiter, SOLO, will launch to the Sun.
- December First flight of NASAs Space Launch System rocket, taking the Orion spacecraft on an unmanned flight around the Moon.
- China will launch another mission to the Moon, Change 5, this time with the goal of returning lunar samples to Earth.
- January Inspiration Mars will launch two people to Mars on a 501-day mission to flyby the Red Planet and return to Earth.
- NASAs Solar Probe Plus will launch and will approach the Sun to within 8.5 solar radii (0.034 AU, 5.9 million kilometres), the closest any spacecraft has been to the Sun.
- The ESAs ExoMars rover will launch to the Red Planet, using the previously launched Trace Gas Orbiter as its means to communicate with Earth.
- NASAs James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, will launch.