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Is Kepler the last Discovery Program mission or is there a process under way to select further missions ? 12:19, 24 May 2005 (UTC)


Has LARA a future?

--Stone (talk)


  1. 1995 Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous first launch of NASA's Discovery Program [1]
  2.  ?
  3. 1998 Lunar prospector: overview third mission in NASA's DiscoveryProgram [2]
  4. 1999 STARDUST, the fourth in a series from the NASA Discovery Program [3]
  5. 2001 Genesis Earth Return fifth mission selected as part of NASA's Discovery Program [4]
  6. 2002 CONTOUR mission, will be the sixth launch in NASA's Discovery Program [5]
  7. 2004 MESSENGER the seventh NASA Discovery Program [6]
  8. 2005 Deep Impact (DI) mission, the eighth in NASA's Discovery Program [7]
  9. 2007 Dawn is the ninth mission in NASA's Discovery Program [8]
  10. 2009 Kepler 10th mission of the Discovery Program [9]
  11. 2011 GRAIL is the eleventh mission to be launched as part of NASA's Discovery programme [10]
  12. 2016 InSight is the 12th selection in NASA's series of Discovery-class missions. [11]

Others lost against Messenger[edit]

  • Aladdin, Phobos and Deimos
  • INSIDE Jupiter (The Interior Structure and Internal Dynamical Evolution of Jupiter)
  • Deep Impact comet P/Tempel 1
  • Messenger The Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging mission
  • The Venus Sounder for Planetary Exploration, or Vesper

FIVE DISCOVERY MISSION PROPOSALS SELECTED FOR FEASIBILITY STUDIES November 12, 1998 --Stone (talk) 18:53, 25 December 2012 (UTC)

Possible References[edit]

  • Bitten, Robert E.; Bearden, David A.; Lao, Norman Y.; Park, Timothy H. (2006). "The effect of schedule constraints on the success of planetary missions". Acta Astronautica. 59 (8–11): 1101. doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2005.07.029. 
  • Stern, S. Alan (2008). "The New Horizons Pluto Kuiper Belt Mission: An Overview with Historical Context". Space Science Reviews. 140: 3. doi:10.1007/s11214-007-9295-y. 
  • Paxton, Larry J. (2006). "Managing innovative space missions: Lessons from NASA". Journal of Knowledge Management. 10 (2): 8. doi:10.1108/13673270610656593. 
  • Niebur, Susan M. (2009). "Principal Investigators and mission leadership". Space Policy. 25 (3): 181. doi:10.1016/j.spacepol.2009.05.009. 
  • Kicza, Mary; Bruegge, Richard Vorder (1995). "NASA's Discovery Program". Acta Astronautica. 35: 41. doi:10.1016/0094-5765(94)00167-K. 
  • Niebur, Susan M. (2010). "Principal investigators and project managers: Insights from Discovery". Space Policy. 26 (3): 174. doi:10.1016/j.spacepol.2010.04.001. 

--Stone (talk) 08:37, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Announcement of Opportunity for 2021 launch[edit]

NASA Discovery Program Draft Announcement of Opportunity - Feb 19, 2014. Launch readiness date NLT December 31, 2021.

--BatteryIncluded (talk) 13:20, 26 February 2014 (UTC)


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Thank you to the anon that fixed up all the references. Fotaun (talk) 04:04, 19 March 2014 (UTC)