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Aug. 18, 2020, 5:35 p.m.

HTV-9 “Kounotori” Release & Reentry

International Space Station International Space Station H-IIB 304 | Kounotori 9 (HTV-9)

The JAXA HTV-9 “Kounotori” will be unberthed from the ISS before initiating a destructive reentry into the Earth's atmosphere taking waste along with it. The destructive reentry is scheduled to happen on August 20 at 7:07am UTC.

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Static Fire
Oct. 1, 2020, midnight

SLS Green Run Hot Fire

Stennis Space Center, Mississippi

The core stage of the 'Space Launch System' will undergo a 'Green Run' test, where the stage and major components will be tested as a full stack to ensure safety of the vehicle. Part of the testing will involve a 8 minute 'Hot Fire' of the core stage, demonstrating performance similar to an actual launch.

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Oct. 14, 2020, 3 a.m.

Soyuz MS-17 Docking

International Space Station International Space Station Soyuz 2.1a | Soyuz MS-17 Expedition 63

The Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft will dock to the International Space Station carrying three new Expedition 63 crew members : ROSCOSMOS cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov as well as NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins.

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Spacecraft Event
Oct. 20, 2020, 4 a.m.

OSIRIS-Rex Sample Collection

101955 Bennu

The OSIRIS-REx is a NASA asteroid study and sample-return mission. The mission's main goal is to obtain a sample of at least 60 grams from 101955 Bennu, a carbonaceous near-Earth asteroid, and return the sample to Earth for a detailed analysis. Rehearsals will be performed before the sampling event, during which the solar arrays will be raised into a Y-shaped configuration to minimize the chance of dust accumulation during contact and provide more ground clearance in case the spacecraft tips over (up to 45°) during contact. The descent will be very slow to minimize thruster firings prior to contact in order to reduce the likelihood of asteroid surface contamination by unreacted hydrazine propellant. Contact with the surface of Bennu will be detected using accelerometers, and the impact force will be dissipated by a spring in the TAGSAM arm. Upon surface contact by the TAGSAM instrument, a burst of nitrogen gas ...

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Dec. 1, 2020, 5 a.m.

Hayabusa-2 Sample Returns to Earth


When Hayabusa-2 flies past Earth in December 2020, it will release the capsule spinning at one revolution per three seconds. The capsule will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere at 12 km/s and it will deploy a radar-reflective parachute at an altitude of about 10 km, and eject its heat-shield, while transmitting a position beacon signal. The sample capsule will land at the Woomera Test Range in Australia.

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Orbital Insertion
Feb. 1, 2021, midnight

Emirates Mars Mission 'Hope' Mars Orbit Insertion

Mars H-IIA 202 | Hope (Emirates Mars Mission)

The Emirates Mars Mission 'Hope' will enter an orbit around Mars after its six months interplanetary journey.

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Orbital Insertion
Feb. 11, 2021, midnight

Tianwen-1 Mars Orbit Insertion

Mars Long March 5 | Tianwen-1 (Mars Global Remote Sensing Orbiter and Small Rover)

The Tianwen-1 orbiter and rover will perform a 14 minutes long burn to enter an elliptical orbit around Mars.

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Feb. 18, 2021, midnight

NASA Mars 2020 Rover Landing

Jezero crater, Mars Atlas V 541 | Mars 2020 (Perseverance rover & Ingenuity helicopter)

NASA's Mars 2020 rover will land in the Jezero crater using a MSL-inspired sky-crane. It will investigate an astrobiologically relevant ancient environment on Mars and investigate its surface geological processes and history, including the assessment of its past habitability, the possibility of past life on Mars, and the potential for preservation of biosignatures within accessible geological materials. It will cache sample containers along its route for a potential future Mars sample-return mission. It will also carry a helicopter drone.

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April 1, 2021, midnight

Tianwen-1 Rover Landing

Utopia Planitia, Mars Long March 5 | Tianwen-1 (Mars Global Remote Sensing Orbiter and Small Rover)

The Tianwen-1 rover will attempt to land on Mars using a parachute to slow down and a propulsive landing for the final 1.5km of the descent.

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Sept. 1, 2023, 4 a.m.

OSIRIS-Rex Sample Return


In September 2023 the OSIRIS-REx return capsule will re-enter Earth's atmosphere and land under a parachute at the Air Force's Utah Test and Training Range

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