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Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Future Missions

Missions and instruments built or managed by JPL have visited every planet in our solar system and the sun and have entered interstellar space.

Near-Earth Object Surveyor

An infrared space telescope designed to help advance NASA’s planetary defense efforts

Illustration of The Farside Seismic Suite

The Farside Seismic Suite

The Farside Seismic Suite will send two of the sensitive seismometers built for the InSight Mars mission to land on the far side of the Moon, where they will measure far side moonquakes and meteor impacts for the first time ever.

ASTHROS Mission in Flight (Illustration)


ASTHROS (short for Astrophysics Stratospheric Telescope for High Spectral Resolution Observations at Submillimeter-wavelengths) is a high-altitude balloon mission for studying astrophysical phenomena.

Europa Clipper Spacecraft (Illustration)

Europa Clipper

NASA's Europa Clipper will conduct detailed reconnaissance of Jupiter's moon Europa and investigate whether the icy moon could have conditions suitable for life.


Over a two-year planned mission, the SPHEREx Observatory will collect data on more than 300 million galaxies along with more than 100 million stars in the Milky Way in order to explore the origins of the universe.

The Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration (CADRE) project is developing a network of shoebox-size rovers that can work together to explore planetary surfaces as a team

Cooperative Autonomous Distributed Robotic Exploration

The tiny wheeled rovers are designed work together to explore challenging terrain on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.



The Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment, or SunRISE, is an array of six toaster-size CubeSats that will work together to study solar activity.

The Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) technology demonstration's flight laser transceiver can be easily identified on NASA's Psyche spacecraft, seen in this December 2021 photograph inside a clean room at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California

Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)

The experiment will aim to demonstrate high-bandwidth communications in deep space for the first time.

Psyche Spacecraft at the Asteroid Psyche (Illustration)


The Psyche mission is a journey to a unique metal-rich asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter.

Artist's impression of the Euclid spacecraft, a dark energy and dark matter mission


Euclid will investigate the profound cosmic mysteries of dark matter and dark energy, both thought to be key components of our cosmos.

Lunar Trailblazer

Selected by NASA’s Small Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration (SIMPLEx) program in 2019, Lunar Trailblazer will map the distribution of the different forms of water that exist on the surface of the Moon.

Lunar Flashlight

Roughly the size of a briefcase, Lunar Flashlight is a very small satellite being developed and managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that will use near-infrared lasers and an onboard spectrometer to map ice in permanently shadowed regions near the Moon's south pole.

Artist's concept of VERITAS


VERITAS, short for Venus Emissivity, Radio science, InSAR, Topography, And Spectroscopy, is a Venus orbiter designed to reveal how the paths of Venus and Earth diverged, and how Venus lost its potential as a habitable world.

The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope

The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, formerly the Wide Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST), is a NASA observatory designed to settle essential questions in the areas of dark energy, exoplanets and infrared astrophysics.

Artist's concept of NISAR


Using advanced radar imaging that will provide an unprecedented, detailed view of Earth, the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar, or NISAR, satellite is designed to observe and take measurements of some of the planet's most complex processes.


Currently in development, MAIA will make radiometric and polarimetric measurements needed to characterize the sizes, compositions and quantities of particulate matter in air pollution.

Artist's concept of Interplanetary Nano-Spacecraft Pathfinder in Relevant Environment (INSPIRE)


The Interplanetary NanoSpacecraft Pathfinder In Relevant Environment (INSPIRE) project will demonstrate the revolutionary capability of deep space CubeSats by placing a nanospacecraft in Earth-escape orbit.