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

Magellan

Venus Probe
Launch: May 4, 1989

Galileo

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

STS-82
February 11, 1997

Cassini
Saturn Probe

Launch: October 15, 1997

Deep Space 1

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

Advanced Composition
Explorer (ACE)

Solar Mission
Launch: August 25, 1997

Stardust

Comet Mission
Launch: February 7, 1999

Genesis

Comet Sample Mission
Launch: August 8, 2001
Mars Exploration Rover Spirit Mission Insignia
Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity Mission Insignia
Messenger Mission Insignia

Mars Exploration Rover
(MER) Spirit

Launch: June 10, 2003

Mars Exploration Rover
(MER) Opportunity

Launch: July 7, 2003

Messenger

Mercury Probe
Launch: August 3, 2004
Deep Impact Mission Insignia
Deep Impact Extended Mission Mission Insignia
New Horizons Mission Insignia

Deep Impact

Comet Mission
Launch: January 12, 2005

EPOXI

Deep Impact Extended Mission
Launch: January 12, 2005

New Horizons

Mission to Pluto
Launch: January 19, 2006
Pheonix Mars Lander Mission Insignia
Dawn Mission Insignia
Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter Mission Insignia

Phoenix Mars Lander

Launch: August 8, 2007

Dawn

Asteroid Mission
Launch: September 27, 2007

Lunar Reconnaissance
Orbiter (LRO)

Launch: June 18, 2009
Juno Mission Insignia
Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (Grail) Mission Insignia
Mars Science Laboratory Mission Insignia

Juno

Mission to Jupiter
Launch: August 11, 2011

Gravity Recovery and
Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)

Launch: September 10, 2011

Mars Science
Laboratory

Launch: November 26, 2011
Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) Mission Insignia
Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Mission Insignia
Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) Mission Insignia

Lunar Atmosphere and Dust
Environment Explorer (LADEE)

Launch: September 5, 2013

Mars Atmosphere and
Volatile Evolution (MAVEN)

Launch: November 18, 2013

Deep Space Climate
Observatory (DSCOVR)

Launch: February 11, 2015
OSIRIS-Rex Mission Insignia
Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Mission Insignia
Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) Mission Insignia

OSIRIS-Rex

Asteroid Mission
Launch: September 8, 2016

InSight

Launch: May 5, 2018

Parker Solar Probe

Launch: August 12, 2018
Solar Orbiter Mission Insignia

 

Solar Orbiter

Launch: February 10, 2020