Happy Launching with NASA’s Launch Services Program(LSP) Schedule Manifest for 2018

Get ready! NASA is Launching six missions, six launching sites, in six different months and five different rockets all happening in 2018. The missions could not be any more different form one another. It’s been 15 years since LSP has had such a robust launch schedule for a single year. From Earth base missions to Solar System missions and here how you can keep up with all the action. Remember to follow ALL NASA’s launches and landings here.

Here is a break down for each mission:

NASA Mission Mission Rocket use Launch site Launch Date
GOES-S is now GOES 17 NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Atlas V Complex 41- Cape Canaveral Air Force Station CCAFS March 1st, 2018
at 5:02 PM
TESS Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Space X- Falcon 9 Space Launch Complex 40 at CCAFS April 16th, 2018
at 6:32PM
InSight Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport Atlas V Space Launch Complex-3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California May 5th, 2018
Parker Polar Probe Journey to the Sun Delta IV Heavy Space Launch Complex 37 at CCAFS July 31st, 2018
ICESat-2 Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite Delta II Space Launch Complex-2W at Vandenberg, CA September 12th, 2018
ICON Ionospheric Connection Explorer Pegasus L-1011 Stargazer aircraft-Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands June 14th, 2018

Here an image of the types of rockets NASA uses:

Teachers, remember every NASA mission has Education and Outreach resources that range from mission overview, images gallery, videos and media releases. Visit the site for each mission and explore its vast amount of resources.

For Example: NASA’s InSight website to resources https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/multimedia/resources/

Happy launching indeed!

Lester Morales, M.D.
Educator Professional Development Specialist, NASA STEM EPDC
NASA Kennedy Space Center