SUN
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IRISJune 26, 2013 – Present

NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft observes how solar material moves, gathers energy, and heats up as it travels through the sun's lower atmosphere.

Lockheed Martin role: designed and built spacecraft and instrument.

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GenesisAugust 2001 – September 2004

Collected solar wind – material that is ejected from the outer portion of the Sun – and returned it to Earth.

Lockheed Martin role: Designed and built two spacecraft and spacecraft mission operations.

VENUS
Magellan

MagellanMay 1989 – October 1994

First planetary explorer to be launched by a Space Shuttle, first mission to test “aerobraking” – a maneuvering technique that used Venus’ atmosphere to slow or steer the spacecraft.

Lockheed Martin role: Designed and built spacecraft and spacecraft mission operations.

EARTH
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EARTH OBSERVATIONApril 1960 – Present

Since the world’s first weather satellite, Lockheed Martin has built more than 100 Earth observation and weather satellites providing a continuous look at our planet’s ever-changing landscape, weather and climate.

MOON
Lunar Prospector

Lunar ProspectorJanuary 1998 – July 1999

Date enabled scientists to create complete detailed maps of the gravity, magnetic properties and chemical composition of the entire lunar surface.

Lockheed Martin role: Spacecraft and mission operations.

GRAIL

GRAILSeptember 2011 – December 2012

Twin spacecraft flew in tandem orbits around the moon measuring its gravity in unprecedented detail.

Lockheed Martin role: Two spacecraft and mission operations.

MARS
Mariner 9

Mariner 9May 1971 – October 1972

First spacecraft to orbit another planet. When it arrived, Mars’ atmosphere was thick with dust – the largest storm ever observed.

Lockheed Martin role: Spacecraft propulsion module and Atlas 3 launch vehicle.

Viking 1 and 2

Viking 1 and 2August 1975 – November 1982

Each mission comprised of an orbiter and lander. The landers were the first NASA mission to land on Mars. The results revolutionized our understanding of the Red Planet.

Lockheed Martin role: Designed and built two lander spacecraft, sensors, robotic arm surface sampler, instruments, both Titan launch vehicles and supported mission operations.

Mars Global Surveyor

Mars Global SurveyorNovember 1996 – April 2007

From Mars orbit collected global information on daily and seasonal weather patterns, geological features, and the migration of water vapor from hemisphere to hemisphere.

Lockheed Martin role: Designed and built spacecraft and spacecraft mission operations

Mars Pathfinder

Mars PathfinderDecember 1996 – September 1997

Investigations with its lander and Sojourner rover suggested that Mars was once warm and wet, with liquid surface water and a thicker atmosphere.

Lockheed Martin role: Aeroshell entry systems and camera

2001 Mars Odyssey

2001 Mars OdysseyApril 2001 - Present

Ongoing study of what Mars is made of including its geology, the detection of water and shallow buried ice, and the radiation environment.

Lockheed Martin role: Designed and built spacecraft and spacecraft mission operations.

Mars Exploration Rovers

Mars Exploration RoversJuly 2003 - Present

Spirit June 2003 – March 2010 and Opportunity July 2003. Spirit and Opportunity search for and characterize rocks and soils that hold clues to past water activity on Mars.

Lockheed Martin role: Both aeroshell entry systems and data relay operations via Mars orbiters.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Mars Reconnaissance OrbiterAugust 2005 - Present

Using the largest camera ever flown on a planetary mission, search for evidence that water persisted on the surface of Mars long enough to provide habitat for life.

Lockheed Martin role: Designed and built spacecraft, spacecraft mission operations and Atlas V launch vehicle

Phoenix Mars Lander

Phoenix Mars LanderAugust 2007 – May 2010

Phoenix studied the history of water and potential habitatability for life in the ice-rich soil of the Martian arctic.

Lockheed Martin role: Designed and built spacecraft, cruise and aeroshell entry systems, and spacecraft mission operations.

Curiosity

CuriosityNovember 2011 - Present

A car sized robotic rover exploring Gale Crater on Mars and studying the geology and climate of the planet.

Lockheed Martin role: Aeroshell entry system

MAVEN

MAVENNovember 2013 - Present

Exploring Mars’ upper atmosphere, ionosphere, and interactions with the Sun and solar wind, giving insight into the history of the planet’s atmosphere climate, and habitability.

Lockheed Martin role: Designed and built spacecraft and spacecraft mission operations

InSight

InSightTo launch May 2018

Using seismology, a heat-flow probe and radio science, the InSight lander will investigate the deep interior of the Red Planet to learn how Mars and terrestrial planets formed.

Lockheed Martin role: Designed and built spacecraft, cruise and aeroshell entry systems, and spacecraft mission operations

ASTEROIDS
OSIRIS-REx

OSIRIS-RExSeptember 2016 - Present

OSIRIS-REx will return to Earth samples of asteroid Bennu, which holds records of the earliest history of our solar system, and will help us understand the hazards and resources in near-Earth space.

Lockheed Martin role: Design and built spacecraft, sample mechanism, sample return capsule and spacecraft mission operations

LUCY

LucyLaunching 2021

Lucy will perform the first reconnaissance of the Jupiter Trojan asteroids orbiting the sun in tandem with the gas giant. The Trojans are thought to be relics of a much earlier era in the history of the solar system, and may have formed far beyond Jupiter’s current orbit.

Lockheed Martin role: Design and build spacecraft and spacecraft mission operations

COMETS
Stardust and Stardust NExT

Stardust and Stardust NExTFebruary 1999 - March 2011

Collected samples of comet Wild 2 and returned them to Earth and took images of asteroid Annefrank and comet Tempel1, all leading to a better understanding of comets and early the formation of our solar system.

Lockheed Martin role: Designed and built spacecraft, sample return capsule, and spacecraft mission operations.

JUPITER
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GalileoOctober 1989 – September 2003

Galileo was the first spacecraft to study Jupiter from orbit, conducting long-term observations of the Jovian system. It was also the first to fly past an asteroid and discover a moon of an asteroid.

Lockheed Martin role: Attitude and articulation control systems electronics, three probe instruments, radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTG) and operations support

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JunoAugust 2011

Peering deep beneath a dense cover of clouds, Juno is significantly improving our understanding of the formation, evolution and structure of Jupiter.

Lockheed Martin role: Design and built spacecraft and spacecraft mission operations

SATURN
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CassiniOctober 1997 – September 2017

Studying Saturn and its moons, Cassini is the first spacecraft to study Saturn. Its Huygens probe landed on Saturn’s moon Titan and studied the atmosphere and surface.

Lockheed Martin role: Spacecraft propulsion module, radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTG), Huygens / DISR instrument and Titan launch vehicle.

PLUTO
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New HorizonsJanuary 2006 - Present

First mission to the dwarf planet Pluto, and venturing deeper to the mysterious Kuiper Belt – a relic of solar system formation.

Lockheed Martin role: Radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTG), Atlas V launch vehicle