The 20 Biggest Space Missions of the Next Decade

A look at what’s to come as we continue to explore the vast expanse of the cosmos

It can be tough to keep up with everything humanity is sending skyward, so we created a list of 20 missions so you can mark your calendars for all the exciting moments in space travel, planetary research, and even colonization in the coming decade.

SpaceX To Launch Starlink Fleet (2020)
This will undoubtedly become one of the most-watched missions in the next decade as SpaceX plans to launch 12,000 communication satellites into Earth’s orbit in the next year. The plan has already ruffled feathers. Dark sky advocates are concerned the vast constellation of satellites could dampen our ability to peer out into the starry skies. Others have voiced concerns that the network could make Earth’s orbit too crowded, potentially leading to crashes and, eventually our inability to leave the planet.

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