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US Space Missions To Watch In 2020

This year will see missions to Mars, the Moon, space exploration with cubesats, hundreds upon hundreds of communication satellites, space tourism and more.

The new decade starts with a number of important space missions, from sending robots to Mars and humans into orbit to hundreds of satellite launches, an abundance of cubesat innovations and maybe the return of NASA astronauts to the Moon.

Last year witnessed the rise of communication satellites luanched into space to build what some have called the Internet of Space. At the same time, new concerns arose about the quickly increase quantity of space junk orbiting our planet and potentially endangering future missions.

This year will add to past missions and challenges with new trips into Earth orbit, to the Moon, to Mars, and elsewhere. Some of this year’s adventures will involve humans but others will not. Here are the most notable U.S. missions coming up in 2020.

John Blyler is a Design News senior editor, covering the electronics and advanced manufacturing spaces. With a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, he has years of hardware-software-network systems experience as an editor and engineer within the advanced manufacturing, IoT and semiconductor industries. John has co-authored books related to system engineering and electronics for IEEE, Wiley, and Elsevier.

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