Timeline of artificial satellites and space probes

This timeline of artificial satellites and space probes includes unmanned spacecraft including technology demonstrators, observatories, lunar probes, and interplanetary probes. First satellites from each country are included. Not included are most Earth science satellites, commercial satellites or manned missions.

TimelineEdit

1950sEdit

Artificial satellites and space probes in the 1950s
Year Date Origin Name Launch vehicle Status Description Mass
1957 October 4   Soviet Union Sputnik 1 Sputnik-PS Success The first human-made object to orbit Earth. 83.6 kg (183.9 lb)
November 3   Soviet Union Sputnik 2 Sputnik-PS Success The first satellite to carry a living animal, a dog named Laika. 508 kg (1,118 lb)
December 6   USA Vanguard 1A Vanguard TV-3 Failure The first stage engine was improperly started, causing the vehicle to fall back to the launch pad immediately after launch and explode.[1] 1.36 kg (2.99 lb)
1958 January 31   USA Explorer 1 Juno I Success The first American satellite in space.[1] 13.91 kg (30.66 lb)
February 5   USA Vanguard 1B Vanguard TV-3BU Failure Control failure caused vehicle breakup at T+57 seconds as vehicle exceeded an angle of attack of 45° due to a control system malfunction.[1] 1.36 kg (2.99 lb)
March 5   USA Explorer 2 Juno I Failure Failed to orbit. Fourth stage did not ignite.[1] 14.52 kg (31.94 lb)
March 17   USA Vanguard 1C Vanguard TV-4 Success Vanguard 1. Expected to de-orbit in ~2240AD, this and its upper launch stage are the oldest human-made objects in space. Also the first use of solar cells to power a satellite.[1] 1.47 kg (3.25 lb)
March 26   USA Explorer 3 Juno I Success Added to data received by Explorer 1.[1] 14.1 kg (31.0 lb)
April 29   USA Vanguard 2A Vanguard TV-5 Failure Second stage shutdown sequence not completed, preventing proper 3rd stage separation and firing. Did not reach orbit.[1] 9.98 kg (21.96 lb)
May 15   Soviet Union Sputnik 3 Sputnik Success Contained 12 instruments for a wide range of upper atmosphere tests. 1,327 kg (2,926 lb)
May 28   USA Vanguard 2B Vanguard SLV-1 Failure The first production model of the series. Nominal flight until a guidance error was encountered on second stage burnout. Did not reach orbit.[1] 9.98 kg (21.96 lb)
June 26   USA Vanguard 2C Vanguard SLV-2 Failure Premature second stage cutoff prevented third stage operation. Did not reach orbit.[1] 9.98 kg (21.96 lb)
July 26   USA Explorer 4 Juno I Success Expanded data set of previous Explorer missions and collected data from Argus high-altitude nuclear explosions.[1] 11.7 kg (25.8 lb)
August 17   USA Pioneer 0 Thor-Able 1 Failure Failed to orbit. First stage engine failure caused explosion at T+77 seconds. 38 kg (84 lb)
August 24   USA Explorer 5 Juno I Failure On-board instruments damaged on first stage separation. Failed to orbit.[1] 11.7 kg (25.8 lb)
September 26   USA Vanguard 2D Vanguard SLV-3 Failure Second stage under-performed, lacking only ~76 m/s (~250 fps) required to achieve orbit.[1] 10.6 kg (23.3 lb)
October 11   USA Pioneer 1 Thor-Able 1 Partial success First spacecraft launched by NASA. Studied Earth's magnetic fields. Third stage provided insufficient thrust to reach the Moon, leaving it sub-orbital.[2] 38 kg (84 lb)
October 22   USA Beacon 1 Jupiter-C Failure A thin plastic sphere (12-feet in diameter) intended to study atmosphere density.[2] Payload dropped due to rotational vibrations.[1] 4.2 kg (9.2 lb)
November 8   USA Pioneer 2 Thor-Able 1 Failure Briefly provided further data on Earth's magnetic field. Third stage provided insufficient thrust to reach the vicinity of the Moon.[2] 38 kg (83 lb)
December 6   USA Pioneer 3 Juno II Partial success Did not reach moon as intended, but discovered a second radiation belt around Earth.[2] 5.9 kg (13.0 lb)
1959 January 2   Soviet Union Luna 1 Luna Partial success The first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon, and the first spacecraft to be placed in heliocentric orbit. 361 kg (794.2 lb)
February 17   USA Vanguard 2E Vanguard SLV-4 Success Vanguard 2. Measured cloud cover. First attempted photo of Earth from a satellite; precession motion resulted in difficulty interpreting data (see first images of Earth from space).[2] 10.8 kg (23.7 lb)
March 3   USA Pioneer 4 Juno II Success Passed within 60,030 km (37,300 mi) of the Moon into a heliocentric orbit, returning excellent radiation data.[2] 6.1 kg (13.4 lb)
April 13   USA Vanguard 3A Vanguard SLV-5 Failure Failed to orbit. Second stage hydraulics failure led to loss of control, damaged at launch. Two spheres included as payload.[2] 10.3 kg (22.7 lb)
June 22   USA Vanguard 3B Vanguard SLV-6 Failure Failed to orbit. Second stage exploded due to stuck helium vent valve. Intended to measure weather effects related to solar-Earth heating processes.[2] 10.3 kg (22.7 lb)
July 16   USA Explorer S-1 Juno II Failure Did not achieve orbit. Guidance system power malfunction. Destroyed by range safety officer at T+5.5s.[2] 41.5 kg (91.3 lb)
August 7   USA Explorer 6 Thor-Able 3 Success Included instruments to study particles and meteorology.[2] 64.4 kg (141.7 lb)
August 14   USA Beacon 2 Juno II Failure Premature cutoff of first stage caused upper stage malfunction.[2] 4.5 kg (9.9 lb)
September 12   Soviet Union Luna 2 Luna Success The first spacecraft to reach the surface of the Moon, and the first human-made object to land on another celestial body. 390.2 kg (858.4 lb)
September 18   USA Vanguard 3 Vanguard TV-4BU Success Incorporated Allegany Ballistics Laboratory X248 A2 as third stage.[1] Solar-powered sphere measured radiation belts and micrometeorite impacts.[2] 22.7 kg (50.0 lb)
October 4   Soviet Union Luna 3 Luna Success The first mission to photograph the far side of the Moon. 278.5 kg (614 lb)
October 13   USA Explorer 7 Juno II Success Provided data on energetic particles, radiation, and magnetic storms. Also recorded the first micrometeorite penetration of a sensor.[2] 41.5 kg (69.4 lb)
November 26   USA Pioneer P-3 Atlas-Able 20 Success Lunar orbiter probe; payload shroud made it all the way after 45 seconds.[2] 168.7 kg (371.1 lb)

1960sEdit

Artificial satellites and space probes in the 1960s
Year Launch date Origin Name Launch vehicle Target Status Description
1960 March 11   USA Pioneer 5 Thor-Able Sun Success Solar monitor. Measured magnetic field phenomena, solar flare particles, and ionization in the interplanetary region[3]
May 15   Soviet Union Korabl-Sputnik 1 Vostok-L Earth Success First test flight of the Soviet Vostok programme, and the first Vostok spacecraft
April 1   USA TIROS-1 Thor-Able Earth Success TIROS-1 (or TIROS-A) was the first successful low-Earth orbital weather satellite, and the first of a series of Television Infrared Observation Satellites.
August 19   Soviet Union Korabl-Sputnik 2 Vostok-L Earth Success First spaceflight to send animals into orbit and return them safely back to Earth
1961 August 23   USA Ranger 1 Atlas-Agena Moon Failure Rocket malfunction caused the spacecraft to get stranded in low earth orbit.[4]
November 18   USA Ranger 2 Atlas-Agena Moon Failure Booster rocket malfunction caused spacecraft to be trapped in low earth orbit.[5]
1962 January 26   USA Ranger 3 Atlas-Agena Moon Failure NASA's first attempt to land a spacecraft on the moon. A series of malfunctions caused spacecraft to hurtle past the moon.[6]
April 23   USA Ranger 4 Atlas-Agena Moon Partial failure Was the first U.S. spacecraft to reach another celestial body. Failure in the onboard computer prevented it from carrying out its scientific objectives.[7]
April 26   UK Ariel 1 Thor-Delta Earth Success First British satellite in space (on American rocket)
July 10   USA Telstar 1 Thor-Delta Earth Success Communication satellite
July 22   USA Mariner 1 Atlas-Agena Venus Failure Software related guidance system failure, range safety officer ordered destroyed after 294.5 seconds after launch.
August 27   USA Mariner 2 Atlas-Agena Venus Success First spacecraft to visit another planet
September 29   Canada Alouette 1 Thor-Agena Earth Success First Canadian satellite (on American rocket), first satellite not constructed by the US or USSR
October 18   USA Ranger 5 Atlas-Agena Moon Failure Malfunction in the spacecraft's batteries caused them to drain after 8 hours, leaving it inoperable.[8]
1963 First pair - October 17   USA Vela 1A and Vela 1B Atlas-Agena Earth Success Series of satellites to monitor compliance to the 1963 Partial Test Ban Treaty
1964 December 15   Italy San Marco 1 Scout X-4 Earth Success First Italian satellite (on American rocket)
February 2   USA Ranger 6 Atlas-Agena Moon Success Lunar impactor. Successful impact but power failure resulted in no pictures.
July 31   USA Ranger 7 Atlas-Agena Moon Success Lunar impactor. Returned pictures until impact.
1965 February 2   USA Ranger 8 Atlas-Agena Moon Success Lunar impactor. Returned pictures until impact.
February 20   USA Ranger 9 Atlas-Agena Moon Success Lunar impactor. Live TV broadcast until impact.
November 26   France Asterix Diamant A Earth Success First French satellite. First orbital launch outside U.S and Soviet Union.
November 28   USA Mariner 4 Atlas-Agena Mars Success First deep space photographs of another planet and first flyby of Mars
November 29   Canada Alouette 2 Thor-Agena Earth Success Research satellite designed to explore Earth's ionosphere
December 16   USA Pioneer 6 Delta E Sun Success A series of solar-orbiting, spin-stabilized, solar-cell and battery-powered satellites designed to obtain measurements on a continuing basis of interplanetary phenomena from widely separated points in space.[9]
1966 January 31   Soviet Union Luna 9 Molniya M Moon Success First spacecraft to achieve a soft landing on the Moon, or any planetary body other than Earth, and to transmit photographic data to Earth from the surface of another planetary body.
February 17   France Diapason Diamant A Earth Success Earth measurement by doppler radio measure
June 2   USA Surveyor 1 Atlas-Centaur Moon Success First US soft landing; Surveyor program performed various tests in support of forthcoming manned landings.[10]
July 1   USA Explorer 33 Delta E1 Earth Partial success Was intended to orbit the moon but instead orbited the earth. Explored solar winds, interplanetary plasma, and solar X-rays.
August 10   USA Lunar Orbiter 1 Atlas SLV-3 Agena-D Moon Success First US spacecraft to orbit the Moon. Designed to photograph smooth areas of the lunar surface for selecting landing sites.
August 17   USA Pioneer 7 Delta E1 Sun Success A series of solar-orbiting, spin-stabilized, solar-cell and battery-powered satellites designed to obtain measurements on a continuing basis of interplanetary phenomena from widely separated points in space.[9]
September 20   USA Surveyor 2 Atlas LV-3C Centaur-D Moon Failure Lunar Lander. A failure in one of its three thrusters caused it to lose control and crash into the moon.[11]
November 6   USA Lunar Orbiter 2 Atlas SLV-3 Agena-D Moon Success Designed to photograph smooth areas of the lunar surface to identify landing sites.
1967 February 8   France Diadème 1 Diamant A Earth Success Orbit slightly too low, considered a partial failure by the booster team. Earth measurement by doppler radio and laser ranging from the ground.
February 15   France Diadème 2 Diamant A Earth Success Earth measurement by doppler radio and laser ranging from the ground.
April 17   USA Surveyor 3 Atlas LV-3C Centaur-D Moon Success Second successful lunar surface lander. Conducted experiments to see how the lunar surface would fare against the weight of an Apollo lunar module.[12]
May 5   UK Ariel 3 Scout A Earth Success First entirely British built satellite
July 14   USA Surveyor 4 Atlas LV-3C Centaur-D Moon Failure Despite a perfect flight to the moon, communications was lost 2.5 minutes prior to landing. NASA concluded the spacecraft may have exploded.[13]
September 8   USA Surveyor 5 Atlas SLV-3 Agena-D Moon Success Lunar lander. First spacecraft to do a soil analysis of any world. Returned more than 20,000 photos.[14]
November 7   USA Surveyor 6 Atlas SLV-3 Agena-D Moon Success Lunar lander. First spacecraft to be launched from the surface of the moon. It lifted itself to a height of about 3 meters.[15]
November 29   Australia WRESAT Sparta Earth Success First Australian satellite (on American rocket) launched from Woomera, Australia.
December 13   USA Pioneer 8 Delta E1 Sun Success A series of solar-orbiting, spin-stabilized, solar-cell and battery-powered satellites designed to obtain measurements on a continuing basis of interplanetary phenomena from widely separated points in space.[9]
1968 January 7   USA Surveyor 7 Atlas SLV-3 Agena-D Moon Success Lunar lander. Only spacecraft in the series to land in the lunar highland region and had the most extensive set of instruments.[16]
November 8   USA Pioneer 9 Delta E1 Sun Success A series of solar-orbiting, spin-stabilized, solar-cell and battery-powered satellites designed to obtain measurements on a continuing basis of interplanetary phenomena from widely separated points in space.[9]
1969 January 30   Canada ISIS 1 Delta E1 Earth Success International Satellites for Ionospheric Studies (ISIS)
February 25   USA Mariner 6 Atlas SLV-3D Agena-D1A Mars Success Mars probe attempting to study the surface and atmosphere of Mars during close flybys to establish a basis for further investigations.[17]
March 27   USA Mariner 7 Atlas SLV-3D Agena-D1A Mars Success Mars probe attempting to study the surface and atmosphere of Mars during close flybys to establish a basis for further investigations.[18]
November 8   West Germany Azur / (GRS A) (German Research Satellite) Scout B S169C Earth Success The scientific mission was to: scan the energy spectra of inner zone protons and electrons; measure the fluxes of electrons of energy greater than 40 keV that are parallel, anti-parallel, and perpendicular to the magnetic lines of force over the auroral zone, and measure associated optical emission; and record solar protons on alert.[19]

1970sEdit

Artificial satellites and space probes in the 1970s
Year Origin Name Target Status Description
1970   Japan Ohsumi Earth Success First Japanese satellite
  West Germany DIAL Earth Success Second German satellite. Launch by a French Diamant B from Kourou
  Soviet Union Venera 7 Venus Success First successful landing of a spacecraft on another planet
  Soviet Union Luna 16 Moon Success Lander is the first automated return of samples from the Moon
  Soviet Union Zond 8 Moon Success Flyby
  Soviet Union Luna 17/Lunokhod 1 Moon Success Lander/rover is the first automated surface exploration of the Moon
  France PEOLE Earth Success First French communication satellite.
  UK Orba (satellite) Earth Failure Second stage of rocket shutdown 13 seconds early
  USA Uhuru Earth Success First dedicated X-ray astronomy satellite
  China Dong Fang Hong I Earth Success First Chinese satellite
1971   Soviet Union Luna 18 Moon Failure Lander
  Soviet Union Luna 19 Moon Success Orbiter
  USA Mariner 8 Mars Failure Orbiter. Lost due to launch failure.
  France Tournesol Earth Success First French satellite with active attitude control. Hydrogen measurement.
  France Polaire Earth Failure Second stage explosion
  Soviet Union Cosmos 419 Mars Failure Probe
  Soviet Union Mars 2 Mars Failure Orbiter and lander, created the first human artifact on Mars
  Soviet Union Mars 3 Mars Success Orbiter and lander, first successful landing on Mars
  USA Mariner 9 Mars Success Orbiter, first pictures of Mars' moons (Phobos and Deimos) taken
  Canada ISIS 2 Earth Success
  Japan Shinsei Earth Partial success First Japanese science satellite
  UK Prospero X-3 Earth Success Satellite, first satellite launched by Britain using a British rocket
  UK Ariel 4 Earth Success
1972   Soviet Union Venera 8 Venus Success Lander
  Soviet Union Luna 20 Moon Success Lander
  USA/  UK Copernicus – Orbiting Astronomical Observatory-3 Earth Success
  USA Pioneer 10 Jupiter Success First spacecraft to encounter Jupiter
  USA Explorer 49 Sun Success Solar probe
1973   USA Mariner 10 Venus/Mercury Success It passed by and photographed Mercury, also was the first dual planet probe
  USA Pioneer 11 Jupiter/Saturn Success First spacecraft to encounter Saturn
  France Castor Pollux Earth Failure Reached orbit but the fairing failed to deploy, failing the launch
  Soviet Union Luna 21/Lunokhod 2 Moon Success Lander/rover
  Soviet Union Mars 4 Mars Failure Orbiter
  Soviet Union Mars 5 Mars Success Orbiter
  Soviet Union Mars 6 Mars Failure Orbiter and lander
  Soviet Union Mars 7 Mars Failure Orbiter and lander
1974   West Germany Helios 1 Sun Success Solar probe
  Soviet Union Luna 22 Moon Success Orbiter
  Soviet Union Luna 23 Moon Failure Probe
  UK Ariel 5 Earth Success X-ray satellite
1975   Soviet Union Venera 9 Venus Success Returns the first pictures of the surface of Venus
  Soviet Union Venera 10 Venus Success Orbiter and lander
  France Starlette Earth Success Laser reflector for earth based measurement
  France Castor Pollux Earth Success Castor tested a new accelerometer, Pollux tested hydrazine based thrusters
  France Aura Earth Success Far-ultraviolet measurement of the sun. Last launch of the Diamant rocket.
  USA Viking 1 Mars Success Orbiter and lander; lands on Mars 1976
  USA Viking 2 Mars Success Orbiter and lander; lands on Mars 1976
  India Aryabhata Earth Success Launched by USSR, the first Indian satellite
1976   West Germany Helios 2 Sun Success Solar probe
  Soviet Union Luna 24 Moon Success Lander
  Canada/  USA/  Europe Communications Technology Satellite Earth Success Prototype for testing direct broadcast satellite television on the Ku band
  Netherlands/  USA Astronomische Nederlandse Satelliet (ANS) Earth Success Discovered X-ray bursts, first Dutch satellite (with US contributions)[20]
  USA Orbiting Solar Observatory Sun Success X-ray satellite shows that X-ray bursts have blackbody spectra
1977   USA HEAO-1 Earth Success X-ray satellite
  Soviet Union Kosmos 954 Earth Success Reconnaissance satellites
1978   USA Pioneer Venus 1 Venus Success Orbiter
  USA Pioneer Venus 2 Venus Success Atmospheric probe
  Soviet Union Venera 11 Venus Success Flyby and lander
  Soviet Union Venera 12 Venus Success Flyby and lander
  USA/  UK/  Europe International Ultraviolet Explorer Earth Success
  USA HEAO-2 Earth Success First X-ray photographs of astronomical objects
  Czechoslovakia Magion 1 Earth Success First satellite for Czechoslovakia
1979   India Satellite Launch Vehicle Failure India's first rocket launched
  Japan Hakucho Earth Success X-ray satellite
  UK Ariel 6 Earth Success Cosmic-ray and X-ray satellite
  USA Voyager 1 Voyager 2 Jupiter Success Sent back images of Jupiter and its system
  India Bhaskara-1 Earth Success Launched by ISRO (First Indian low orbit Earth Observation Satellite)

1980sEdit

Artificial satellites and space probes in the 1980s
Year Origin Name Target Status Description
1980   USA Solar Maximum Mission Sun Failure Solar Maximum Mission solar probe succeeded after being repaired in Earth orbit
1981   India Bhaskara-2 Earth Success Bhaskara-2 satellite; launched on Russian Kosmos-3M rocket for ISRO
  Soviet Union Venera 13 Venus Success Venera 13 launched, it returned the first colour pictures of the surface of Venus
  Soviet Union Venera 14 Venus Success Venera 14 flyby and lander
  Bulgaria Bulgaria 1300 Earth Success Bulgaria 1300, polar research mission, was Bulgaria's first artificial satellite; launched by the Soviet Union
1983   Soviet Union Venera 15 Venus Success Venera 15 orbiter
  Soviet Union Venera 16 Venus Success Venera 16 orbiter
  Europe EXOSAT Earth Success Launch of the EXOSAT X-ray satellite
  Japan Tenma Earth Success Launch of the Tenma X-ray satellite (ASTRO-B)
  USA /   Netherlands /   UK IRAS Earth Success Launch of the IRAS satellite
1984   Soviet Union Vega 1 Venus/Halley's Comet Success Vega 1 flyby, atmospheric probe and lander
  Soviet Union Vega 2 Venus/Halley's Comet Success Vega 2 flyby, atmospheric probe and lander
1985   Mexico Morelos I Earth Success Morelos I, the first Mexican satellite
1986   Europe Giotto Halley's Comet Success Giotto flyby
  USA Voyager 2 Uranus Success Voyager 2 sent back images of Uranus and its system
1987   Japan Ginga Earth Success Launch of the Ginga X-ray satellite (ASTRO-C)
1988   Soviet Union Phobos 1 Mars Failure Phobos 1 orbiter and lander
  Soviet Union Phobos 2 Mars Failure Phobos 2 flyby and lander
  Israel Ofeq 1 Earth Success Ofeq 1 first Israeli satellite, first satellite to be launched in retrograde orbit
1989   USA Magellan Venus Success Magellan orbiter launched which mapped 99 percent of the surface of Venus (300 m resolution)
  USA /   West Germany Galileo Venus/Earth/Moon/Gaspra/Ida/Jupiter Success Galileo flyby, orbiter and atmospheric probe
  USA Voyager 2 Neptune Success Voyager 2 sent back images of Neptune and its system
  Europe Hipparcos Earth Success Launch of the Hipparcos satellite
  USA COBE Earth Success Launch of the COBE satellite
  Soviet Union Granat Earth Success Launch of the Granat gamma-ray and X-ray satellite

1990sEdit

Artificial satellites and space probes in the 1990s
Year Origin Name Target Status Description
1990   USA/  Europe Ulysses Sun Success Ulysses solar flyby
  Japan Hiten Moon Success Hiten probe, this was the first non-United States or USSR probe to reach the Moon
  USA/  Europe Hubble Space Telescope Earth Success Launch of the Hubble Space Telescope
  Germany ROSAT Earth Success Launch of the ROSAT X-ray satellite to conduct the first imaging X-ray sky survey
1991   Japan Yohkoh Sun Success Yohkoh solar probe
  USA Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory Earth Success Launch of the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory satellite
1992   USA Mars Observer Mars Failure Mars Observer orbiter
1993   Japan ASCA Earth Success Launch of the ASCA (ASTRO-D) X-ray satellite
1994   USA Clementine Moon Success Clementine orbiter mapped the surface of the Moon (resolution 125–150 m) and allowed the first accurate relief map of the Moon to be generated
  Turkey Türksat 1B Earth Success Türksat 1B, First Turkish communications satellite
1995   Mexico Unamsat 1 Earth Failure Unamsat 1, First UNAM built orbiter
  Europe ISO Earth Success Launch of the Infrared Space Observatory
  Europe/  USA SOHO Sun Success SOHO solar probe
1996   USA NEAR Shoemaker 433 Eros Success NEAR Shoemaker asteroid flybys/orbiter/lander
  Turkey Türksat 1C Earth Success Türksat 1C, Second Turkish communications satellite
  USA Mars Global Surveyor Mars Success Mars Global Surveyor orbiter
  USA Mars Pathfinder Mars Success Mars Pathfinder, the first automated surface exploration of another planet
  Russia Mars 96 Mars Failure Mars 96 orbiter and lander
  Argentina SAC-B Earth Failure Sac-B Orbiter
1997   USA/  Europe Cassini-Huygens Saturn and Titan Success Cassini-Huygens arrived in orbit on July 1, 2004, landed on Titan January 14, 2005
  Argentina Nahuel 1A Earth Success Nahuel 1A First Argentine satellite - geostationary communications satellites
1998   North Korea Kwangmyongsong-1 Earth Un­known Claimed launch of Kwangmyongsong-1 by North Korea though no independent source was able to verify its existence
  USA Lunar Prospector Moon Success Lunar Prospector orbiter
  Japan Nozomi Mars Failure Nozomi (Planet B) orbiter, the first Japanese spacecraft to reach another planet
  USA Mars Climate Orbiter Mars Failure Mars Climate Orbiter
  Argentina /   USA SAC-A Earth Success Sac-A Orbiter
1999   USA Mars Polar Lander Mars Failure Mars Polar Lander
  USA Deep Space 2 Mars Failure Deep Space 2 (DS2) penetrators
  USA Chandra Earth Success Launch of the Chandra X-ray Observatory
  Europe XMM-Newton Earth Success Launch of the X-Ray Multi-Mirror Mission, XMM-Newton

2000sEdit

Artificial satellites and space probes in 2000's
Year Origin Name Target Status Description
2000   UK SNAP-1 Earth Success SNAP-1 robotic camera enabling images to be sent to other spacecraft orbiting the Earth
  Argentina SAC-C Earth Success SAC-C Orbiter
2001   Turkey Türksat 2A Earth Success Türksat 2A, third Turkish communications satellite
  USA Genesis Sun Partial success Genesis solar wind sample crash-landed on return
  USA WMAP Earth Success Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) performs cosmological observations.
  USA Mars Odyssey Mars Success Mars Odyssey
  Europe PROBA-1 Earth Success PROBA-1 Small satellite to observe the Earth (first Belgian Satellite)
2003   Canada MOST Earth Success MOST the smallest space telescope in orbit.
  Turkey BİLSAT Earth Success BİLSAT , Turkey's first earth observation satellite
2002   USA CONTOUR Comet Encke Failure CONTOUR launched, but lost during early trajectory insertion.
  Europe/  Russia/  USA INTEGRAL Earth Success Launch of the INTEGRAL gamma-ray satellite.
2003   Europe Smart 1 Moon Success Smart 1 orbiter
  Europe Mars Express & Beagle 2 Mars Partial success Mars Express orbiter (successfully reached orbit) and failed Beagle 2 lander
  USA Mars Exploration Rover Mars Success Mars Exploration Rovers successful launches, Spirit successfully landed, Opportunity successfully landed
  UK UK-DMC Earth Success UK-DMC orbiter, part of the Disaster Monitoring Constellation
  Japan Hayabusa 25143 Itokawa Success Hayabusa, first sample return from asteroid, returned in 2010
2004   Europe Rosetta Comet 67P Success Rosetta space probe launched (arrived on comet 67P on November 12, 2014)
  USA MESSENGER Mercury Success MESSENGER orbiter launched (in Mercury orbit)
  USA Swift Earth Success Launch of the Swift Gamma ray burst observatory.
2005   USA Deep Impact Comet Tempel 1 Success Deep Impact
  Japan Suzaku Earth Partial success Launch of the Suzaku X-ray observatory (ASTRO-EII)
  USA MRO Mars Success Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
  Iran Sinah-1 Earth Success Sinah-1 launched, first Iranian-built satellite
  Europe Venus Express Venus Success Venus Express
2006   USA New Horizons Pluto Success New Horizons launched. On July 14, 2015, New Horizons flew within 7,750 miles (12,472 km) of Pluto.
  Japan Akari Earth Success Launch of the Akari infrared observatory (ASTRO-F)
  France/  Europe COROT Earth Success COROT telescope to search for extrasolar planets
2007   USA Phoenix Mars Success Phoenix launched and successfully landed in 2008
  Japan SELENE Moon Success SELENE orbiter and lander
  USA Dawn Vesta/Ceres Success Dawn solar powered ion engined probe to 4 Vesta and 1 Ceres.
  China Chang'e-I Moon Success Chang'e-I lunar orbiter
  Nigeria NigComSat-1 Earth Partial success NigComSat-1 launched by China, failed after 1 year
2008   Turkey Türksat 3A Earth Success Türksat 3A, fourth Turkish communications satellite
  USA IBEX Earth Success The Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX)'s mission is to study the nature of interactions between solar wind and interstellar medium at the edge of solar system.
2009   Europe Planck L2 Success Planck
  Europe Herschel L2 Success Herschel Space Observatory
  Iran Omid Earth Success Omid launched by Iranian made launcher Safir. First Iranian-launched satellite
  USA Kepler Earth Success Kepler launched
  Europe PROBA-2 Earth Success PROBA-2 Small satellite to observe the sun
  India RISAT-2 Earth Success RISAT-2 developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, launched by ISRO, India
  India Chandrayaan-1 Moon Success Chandrayaan-1 developed and launched by ISRO, India
  UK UK-DMC 2 Earth Success UK-DMC 2 orbiter, successor to UK-DMC part of the Disaster Monitoring Constellation

2010sEdit

Artificial satellites and space probes in the 2010s
Year Origin Name Target Status Description
2010   Japan Akatsuki Venus Partial success Akatsuki orbiter, first Japanese spacecraft to orbit another planet (2015)
2010   Japan IKAROS Venus Success IKAROS, first solar-sail spacecraft
  China Chang'e-2 Moon Success Chang'e-2 lunar orbiter/impacter
2011   Turkey RASAT Earth Success

Turkey's after BİLSAT, second earth observation satellite. RASAT, design and production made in Turkey is the first observation satellite.

  Russia Spektr-R Earth Success Launch of the Spektr-R radio telescope
  USA Juno Jupiter Success Juno
  Russia Fobos-Grunt Mars Failure Fobos-Grunt lander and sample return
  Nigeria NigComSat-1 Earth Success NigComSat-1 replacement launched by China
  Taiwan /   Singapore ST-2 Earth Success ST-2 replacement launched by Taiwan and Singapore
  Argentina /   USA SAC-D Earth Success SAC-D Orbiter
2012   Iran Navid Earth Success Navid earth-watching satellite
  USA MSL Mars Success Mars Science Laboratory with Curiosity rover—orbit and landed
  North Korea Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Earth Success Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2, first successful North Korean orbital rocket launch
  Poland PW-Sat Earth Success PW-Sat, first Polish satellite
2013   South Korea STSAT-2C Earth Success STSAT-2C, first successful South Korean orbital rocket launch
  Canada NEOSSat Earth Success NEOSSat, monitoring near-Earth objects
  Canada Sapphire Earth Success Sapphire, military space surveillance
  Ecuador NEE 01 Pegaso Earth Success NEE-01 Pegaso, Ecuador's first satellite
  Estonia ESTCube-1 Earth Success ESTCube-1, Estonia's first satellite
  Europe PROBA-V Earth Success PROBA-V, small satellite to monitor the vegetation of the Earth
  UK STRaND-1 Earth Success STRaND-1, first smartphone-operated satellite to be launched and dubbed the world's first "phonesat"
  Japan Hisaki Earth Success Hisaki planetary atmosphere observatory
  Canada CASSIOPE Earth Success CASSIOPE, ionosphere research and communication satellite
  India MOM Mars Success MOM is India's first interplanetary mission
  USA MAVEN Mars Success MAVEN orbiter
  Poland Lem Earth Success Lem, First Polish scientific satellite
2014   Lithuania LitSat1/LituanicaSAT-1 Earth Success LitSat-1 and LituanicaSAT-1, first Lithuanian satellites
  Turkey TÜRKSAT 4A Earth Success TÜRKSAT 4A, Turkey's fifth communication satellite.
  Europe Rosetta / Philae Comet 67P Partial success Rosetta and Philae, Third comet landing at unintended site in suboptimal orientation due to failure of surface anchoring system
  Poland Heweliusz Earth Success Heweliusz, Second Polish scientific satellite
  Japan Hayabusa2 162173 Ryugu Success Hayabusa2, second Japanese asteroid sample return spacecraft
  Japan PROCYON 2000 DP107 Partial failure PROCYON deep space probe
2015   United States DSCOVR Earth-Sun L1 Success DSCOVR, Earth and space weather
  India Astrosat Earth Success Astrosat, Space observatory
  Turkey TÜRKSAT 4B Earth Success TÜRKSAT 4B , Turkey's sixth communication satellite.
2016   European Union /   Russia ExoMars / Schiaparelli Mars Partial success ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, Trace Gas Orbiter in orbit; Schiaparelli lander crashed
  Canada M3MSat Earth Success M3MSat, maritime monitoring and communication satellite
  United States OSIRIS-REx Earth en route OSIRIS-REx, first American asteroid sample return spacecraft
2017   Brazil SGDC-1 Earth Success SGDC-1, communication satellite
2018   United States Tesla Roadster Heliocentric orbit Success Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster, dummy payload for the February 2018 Falcon Heavy test flight and is now an artificial satellite of the Sun
  United States   France   Germany InSight Mars Success InSight, Mars lander for planetary information
  European Union/  Japan BepiColombo Mercury en route BepiColombo, two orbiters to study the magnetic field, magnetosphere, and both interior and surface structure of Mercury. Final mission of the Horizon 2000+ programme
  United States Parker Solar Probe Sun en route Parker Solar Probe, first spacecraft to visit the outer corona of the Sun
  China Chang'e 4 Moon Success Chang'e 4, first spacecraft to soft-land on the lunar far side.
2019   Egypt NARSSCube-2 Earth Success NARSSCube-2, Egypt's first domestically built satellite
  Israel Beresheet Moon Failure Beresheet, first private space probe and moon lander, crashed
  Russia /   Germany Spektr-RG Earth-Sun L2 Success Launch of the Spektr-RG X-ray observatory
  India Chandrayaan-2 Moon Partial success Chandrayaan-2, orbiter achieved orbit, but lander crash-landed
  Ethiopia ETRSS-1 Earth Success ETRSS-1, first Ethiopian satellite; built by China

2020sEdit

Artificial satellites and space probes in the 2020s
Year Origin Name Target Status Description
2020   Turkey TÜRKSAT 5A Earth Success TÜRKSAT 5A, Turkey's seventh communication satellite launched with SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.
  United States Mars 2020 Mars Success Perseverance, JPL's new Mars rover. It was launched on July 30 with Atlas V rocket, and landed on February 18, 2021 with together small Ingenuity helicopter that was deployed on April 4, 2021.
  UAE Hope Mars Success Hope satellite is the United Arab Emirates Space Agency's unmanned space research project on Mars. It was launched with Japanese H-IIA rocket on 19 July and reached Mars on 9 February, 2021.
  China Tianwen-1 Mars Success Mission containing a orbiter, deployable camera, lander and Zhurong rover. This is China's 2nd unmanned space research project on Mars. It was launched with Long March 5 rocket on 23 July and the orbiter, lander and rover entered Mars orbit on 10 February, 2021. The rover and lander landed on 14 May with rover deployment on 22 April 2021 and dropped a remote selfie camera on Mars on 1 June, 2021 and while deployable camera made a flyby around 10 February,2021.
  China Chang'e 5 Moon Success Orbiter, Returner, Ascent Stage, Lander configuration mission, China's first automated return of samples from the Moon

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