via Mental Floss:
Last month, the European Space Agency (ESA) landed a robot on a comet. While the exciting news seemed to come out of nowhere, you can be forgiven for sleeping through the initial launch—it happened in 2004. Scientists and engineers at space agencies around the world play very long games. Rosetta traveled 6.4 billion kilometers before rendezvousing with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Even on the starship Enterprise, that’s well over an hour away at warp speed. This raises the question: what else is going on up there? Here are 15 ongoing space missions you might not know about.
4. NEW HORIZONS
7. HAYABUSA 2
8. PIONEER 10 & PIONEER 11
9. VOYAGER 1
10. VOYAGER 2
13. MARS ORBITER MISSION
14. VENUS EXPRESS
15. INTERNATIONAL COMET EXPLORER
To read an in-depth overview of each mission, head over to Mental Floss.
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