Exploration missions through the Solar System each receive their own unique mission insignia. The twin Voyager probes were launched in 1977 on a mission that would take them to the outer planets. These two spacecraft taught us more during their missions than anything that came before. Both spacecraft are now well beyond the planets and are close to leaving the influence of our solar system. Since Voyager, an army of new spacecraft have been sent forth to explore the Solar System. Galileo spent eight years studying and photographing Jupiter ans its moons. Launched in 1997, Cassini was sent to study and photograph Saturn and its system of moons. Dozens of new discoveries have been made by these two spacecraft. Mars is of particular interest because of the possibility is once contained liquid water, and possible life. Dozens of spacecraft has explored the red planet. The latest additions to this fleet include rover vehicles that are capable of traveling on the planet's surface photographing the terrain and testing for possible signs of water and life. Many new missions are currently in development, and planetary exploration remains one of the most exciting areas of space exploration and research.

Voyager 1 and 2 Mission Insignia
Magellan Venus Probe Mission Insignia
Galileo Jupiter Probe Mission Insignia

Voyager 1 & 2

Voyager 2 - August 20, 1977
Voyager 1 - September 5, 1977


Venus Probe
Launch: May 4, 1989


Jupiter Probe
Launch: October 18, 1989
Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Mission Insignia
Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter Insignia
Mars Surveyor 98 Mission Insignia

Near Earth Asteroid
Rendezvous (NEAR)

Launch: February 17, 1996

Mars Orbiter Laser
Altimeter (MOLA)

Mars Global Surveyor

Mars Surveyor 98

Program Insignia
Mars Pathfinder Mission Insignia
Mars Global Surveyor Mission Insignia
MArs Surveyor 2001 Mission Insignia

Mars Surveyor 2001

Launch: December 4, 1996

Mars Global Surveyor

Launch: November 7, 1996

Mars Surveyor 2001

Project Canceled
Cassini Cirs Mission Insignia
Cassini Saturn Probe Mission Insignia
Deep Space 1 Mission Insignia

Cassini Cirs

February 11, 1997

Saturn Probe

Launch: October 15, 1997

Deep Space 1

Asteroid Mission
Launch: October 24, 1998
Advanced Composition Explorer Mission Insignia
Stardust Mission Insignia
Genesis Mission Insignia

Advanced Composition
Explorer (ACE)

Solar Mission
Launch: August 25, 1997


Comet Mission
Launch: February 7, 1999


Comet Sample Mission
Launch: August 8, 2001
Micro-2 Mission Insignia
Deep Impact Mission Insignia
Deep Impact Extended Mission Mission Insignia


Mercury Probe
Launch: August 3, 2004

Deep Impact

Comet Mission
Launch: January 12, 2005


Deep Impact Extended Mission
Launch: January 12, 2005
Pheonix Mars Lander Mission Insignia
Micro-2 Mission Insignia
Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter Mission Insignia

Phoenix Mars Lander

Launch: August 8, 2007


Asteroid Mission
Launch: September 27, 2007

Lunar Reconnaissance
Orbiter (LRO)

Launch: June 18, 2009
Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory Mission Insignia
Deep Impact Extended Mission Mission Insignia
Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer Mission Insignia

Gravity Recovery and
Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)

Lunar Mission
Launch: September 10, 2011

Mars Science

Launch: November 26, 2011

Lunar Atmosphere and Dust
Environment Explorer (LADEE)

Launch: September 5, 2013