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COS-B
COS-B
 
Primary Goal Gamma-ray astronomy
Mission Phase Archived
Launch Date 9 August 1975
Mission End 25 April 1982
 
IUE
IUE
 
Primary Goal Ultraviolet astronomy
Mission Phase Archived
Launch Date 26 January 1978
Mission End 30 September 1996
 
Exosat
Exosat
 
Primary Goal X-ray astronomy
Mission Phase Archived
Launch Date 26 May 1983
Mission End 9 April 1986
 
Hipparcos
Hipparcos
 
Primary Goal Astrometry
Mission Phase Archived
Launch Date 8 August 1989
Mission End 15 August 1993
 
Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
 
Primary Goal UV/optical/near-IR astronomy
ESA Project Scientist Antonella Nota
Mission Phase Operational
Launch Date 24 April 1990
Mission End 31 December 2016 (extended mission), subject to a mid-term review in 2014
 
ISO
ISO
 
Primary Goal Infrared astronomy
Mission Phase Archived
Launch Date 17 November 1995
Mission End 8 April 1998
 
XMM-Newton
XMM-Newton
 
Primary Goal X-ray astronomy
Project Scientist Norbert Schartel
Mission Phase Operational
Launch Date 10 December 1999
Mission End 31 December 2016 (extended mission), subject to a mid-term review in 2014
 
Integral
INTEGRAL
 
Primary Goal Gamma-ray astronomy
Project Scientist Erik Kuulkers
Mission Phase Operational
Launch Date 20 October 2002
Mission End 31 December 2016 (extended mission), subject to a mid-term review in 2014
 
Suzaku
Suzaku (previously called Astro-E2)
 
Primary Goal X-ray astronomy
ESA Project Scientist Oliver Jennrich
Mission Phase Operational
Launch Date 10 July 2005
Mission End Unknown
 
AKARI
AKARI (previously called Astro-F)
 
Primary Goal Infrared astronomy
Project Scientist Martin Kessler
Mission Phase Archived
Launch Date 21 February 2006
Mission End 24 November 2011
 
Herschel
Herschel
 
Primary Goal Far-infrared and submillimetre astronomy
Project Scientist Göran Pilbratt
Mission Phase Post Operations
Launch Date 14 May 2009
Mission End 29 April 2013 (end of He)
 
Planck
Planck
 
Primary Goal Cosmic microwave background observations
Project Scientist Jan Tauber
Mission Phase Post Operations
Launch Date 14 May 2009
Mission End 23 October 2013
 
Gaia
Gaia
 
Primary Goal Astrometry
Project Scientist Timo Prusti
Mission Phase Operational
Launch Date 2013
Mission End Nominal mission end after 5 years (2018)
 
JWST
JWST
 
Primary Goal Infrared astronomy
ESA Project Scientist Pierre Ferruit
Mission Phase Implementation
Launch Date 2018
Mission End 5 year operational lifetime
 
CHEOPS
CHEOPS
 
Primary Goal Characterise transiting exoplanets orbiting bright host stars
Project Scientist Ana Heras
Mission Phase Implementation
Launch Date 2017
Mission End 3.5 year operational lifetime
 
Euclid
Euclid
 
Primary Goal Mapping the geometry of the dark Universe
Project Scientist Rene Laureijs
Mission Phase Implementation
Launch Date 2020
Mission End 6 year operational lifetime
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