The Cassini mission to Saturn and its complex planetary environment (1997-2017) consisted of the NASA-led Cassini orbiter, and the ESA-led Huygens lander - the first probe to land on the moon of another planet. MSSL led the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer electron spectrometer instrument (CAPS-ELS), and UCL staff also have scientific involvement in the mission’s MIMI and magnetometer teams.
ExoMars is a joint endeavour between the European Space Agency and Russia's Roscomos agency, and consists of a 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lander, and the 2020 Rover. MSSL is leading the PanCam team to provide the rover's scientific cameras. The ExoMars 2020 Rover is scheduled to arrive at Mars in 2021.
ARIEL (Atmospheric Remote-sensing Exoplanet Large-survey) is one of the three candidate missions selected by the European Space Agency for its next medium-class science mission due for launch in 2028. The goal of the ARIEL mission is to investigate the atmospheres of several hundreds planets orbiting distant stars in order to address the fundamental questions on how planetary systems form and evolve.
Mission Database: All missions with CPS involvement:
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- Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) | UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics - UCL - London's Global University
- Castalia Space Mission | UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics - UCL - London's Global University
- ARIEL space mission | UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics - UCL - London's Global University