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JANUARY:
# Planned launch of ESA's Bartolomeo ISS module.

FEBRUARY 06:
> Atlas 5 411; planned launch of ESA's Solar Orbiter from SLC-41, Cape Canaveral.

APRIL 06:
> BepiColombo Earth gravity assist enroute to Mercury.

JULY:
> OSIRIS-REx will use its robotic arm to obtain a sample of asteroid Bennu. It wil be returned to Earth in September 2023.

JULY:
> Planned launch on a Japanese H-2A rocket from Tanegasshima of the UAE Mars Hope orbiter to study the Martian Atmosphere.

JULY (/2022)
> Planned launch of the ESA/Russian ExoMars 2020 mission lander 'Kazachok' & rover 'Rosalind Franklin' on a Proton rocket from Baikonur. It will search for traces of life and characterize the nature of the surface environment.

JULY 17 (-AUG.05):
> NASA plans to launch the Mars 2020 Rover and drone helicopter Mission to the Red Planet on an Atlas 5 (541) from Cape Canaveral SLC 41. (Landing on Mars Feb. 2021)
The rover will collect samples that will be returned to Earth by a future Mars mission ( perhaps in 2026).

JULY / AUGUST:
> China plans to launch (on a Long March 5) a mission to Mars that will include an orbiter and a surface rover.

OCTOBER 12:
> BepiColombo Venus gravity assist enroute to Mercury.

DECEMBER:
> Planned return to Earth of Japan's Hayabusa 2 probe, landing in the Australian outback, carrying samples from asteroid 162173 Ryugu (1999 JU3).

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) Planned launch of ESA's Biomass Earth radar-observation satellite.

+> The Golden Spike Company (USA) plans to begin manned missions to the Lunar surface.

= Planned launch of ESA's Euclid astronomy mission on a Soyuz rocket from Kourou to the L2 Lagrange point.

- Possible first launch of Japan's new H-3 rocket.

- Possible first launch of China's new medium-lift Long March 8.

- China plans to launch the 2nd module of a new space station (Tiangong 3) into orbit on a Long March 5 booster.
After this laboratory module, the 3rd module will be launched in 2022.

% ESA hopes to launch the unmanned Space Rider spaceplane on a Vega rocket from Kourou.

- Planned first launch of the new Ariane 6 rocket.

^ Blue Origin expects to begin flying paying passengers on its reusable suborbital New Shepard vehicle.

# Planned launch of Bigelow's BA-330 expandable module ' 'XBASE' on an Atlas 5 (552). Bigelow intends to berth the module to the ISS.

> A Long March 5 will launch Chang'e 6 sample return mission to the far side of the Moon; China's 2nd lunar sample return mission.

% Possible first test flight from Cape Canaveral of the DARPA XSP / XS-1 Boeing 'Phantom Express' unmanned reusable Experimental Spaceplane.

> Moon Express plans to launch the first commercial lunar sample- return mission.

] GOES-R weather satellite launch.

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TBD:
- Planned first launch of the Cyclone-4M rocket, from Canso, Nova Scotia.