10 Space Missions Set to Explore New Frontiers

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5. ISS

The US announced its decision to take back its assistance to the International Space Station in 2024, an announcement that has created a challengingly uncertain future for ISS. It happens to be the only manned space mission of today, and it can be put to a great many beneficial uses. NASA wouldn’t like anything more than using this space station for commercial purposes, or make a commercial takeover of the station. It can be used as a platform to give space training to astronauts, or even better, to host humans in the lower orbit rather than the moon.

There are multiple benefits associated with sending astronauts to ISS, and the major milestone should to be examining the health of the astronauts who are left to stay in space for longer periods of time, particularly longer than six months. Currently, ISS is proving extremely expensive to maintain, and it is being used for the services of exploring space, and conducting scientific activities.

ISS Space Mission
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6. TESS

TESS, stands for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, was launched on April 23 to analyze the closest and most vibrant stars, and identify the existence of thousands of exoplanets, including massive giant-sized planets and tiny rocky planets. TESS is also known as the Planet Hunter, and space scientists across the globe consider it one of the most important space milestones to be launched in recent years. This exploration is expected to play a significant role in analyzing the characteristics and atmospheres of other planets.

One of the biggest objectives of TESS is to identify planets transiting stars, which can be challenging to identify without launching a space mission. TESS will closely examine the brightness of more than 200,000 stars. When these stars start to dim down, it can happen because of a planet completing its orbit, which will give the astronauts a chance to discover a new planet.

TESS Space Mission
Image Credit: NASA

TESS has a much more dynamic range of opportunities than the Kepler, its predecessor who identify 2,343 exoplanets, of which 30 were of the same size as Earth, and were discovered in a habitable region of a star. This space mission is also set to discover competent candidates for an insightful follow-up research with the help of mighty space telescopes, such as Hubble and the new James Webb Space Telescope to develop a stronger understanding of planets and their atmospheres.

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