List of proposed missions to the Moon

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There are several future lunar missions scheduled or proposed by various nations or organisations.

Under development[edit]

Country Name Launch due
(Private) GLXP Barcelona Moon Team June 2015[1]
(Private) GLXP Penn State Lunar Lion Team July 2015[2]
(Private) GLXP Moon Express 2015[3]
(Private) GLXP Astrobotic Technology 2015[4]
 China Chang'e 4 2015
 Russia Luna-Glob 1 2016[5][6]
 India Chandrayaan-2 2017[7][8]
 China Chang'e 5 2017[9]
 Russia Luna-Glob 2 (Luna-Resurs) 2018[10][11]
 USA ILN Node 1 2018[12]
 China Chang'e 6 2020

Proposed[edit]

Space probe missions[edit]

The following robotic space probe missions have been proposed:

Country Name Launch due
(Private) Google Lunar X Prize Some missions in 2015
 Japan SELENE-2[13] 2017[14]
 USA International Lunar Network[12] 2018+
 Russia Luna-Grunt 2020 and 2021
 South Korea Moon orbiter and lander[15][16] 2020+
 North Korea Moon mission[17] Unknown
(Private) OpenLuna 2020+
 UK Lunar Mission One[18] 2024

Manned missions[edit]

Country Name Proposed
launch date
Nature of proposed mission
(Private) DSE-Alpha 2018[19] Mission to transport the first space tourists to fly around the Moon using Soyuz; proposed by Space Adventures (2005).[20][21][22]
 USA EM-2 2021+ Manned test of Orion spacecraft in Lunar orbit
 Europe Aurora programme[23] 2024+ Manned moon landing; proposed by ESA.[24]
 China CLEP 2025+ Manned moon landing; proposed by CNSA.[25][26]

NB. Launch dates are aspirational and may change drastically as the planning and preparation progresses.

Cancelled or indefinitely postponed[edit]

Country Name Launch due
 Japan Lunar-A 2004 Integrated into Russia's Luna-Glob 1 mission[27]
 Germany LEO 2012 Mission postponed indefinitely due to budgetary constraints[28]
 UK MoonLITE[29][30] 2014
 USA Constellation program 2020 Mission cancelled by Congress[31]
 Europe Lunar Lander[32][33] 2018 Cancelled in 2012
 USA MoonRise[34] 2018 Not funded by NASA in 2011 funding competition

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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