NASA’s next set of flagship-class planetary missions

NASA’s last decadal survey report issued in 2011 set NASA’s foremost planetary science objectives as a Mars sample return mission and a probe to Europa.

NASA’s next Mars rover set for launch in 2020 will collect and store rock specimens for retrieval and return to Earth by a future mission, fulfilling the first step in a multi-mission odyssey to bring back samples from the red planet’s surface. NASA formally approved the Europa flyby probe earlier this year to assess the icy moon’s habitability.

The candidates for the round beyond that include:

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