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Astrophysics

ESA's Gaia mission launched successfully on a Soyuz-Fregat rocket from Kourour, French Guiana at 09:12 UT on 19 December 2013. The mission is designed to measure the positions and velocity of roughly 1,000,000,000 stars as well as determine their temperature, composition, and other properties. More...

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite has released data from the first 57% of the sky surveyed during the mission. The satellite went into hibernation in early February 2011, but its discoveries include 20 comets, more than 33,000 asteroids between Mars and Jupiter, and 133 near-Earth objects. More...

Heliophysics

NASA's launch of the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft took place at 7:27 p.m. on 27 June 2013 (02:27 UT, 28 June) about 100 miles from Vandenberg AFB. More...

Voyager 1 has encountered a region of spacecraft at the edge of our solar system that scientists believe is the last region the spacecraft will have to cross prior to entering interstellar space. More...

Lunar and Planetary Science

On 06 August the European Space Agency Rosetta spacecraft successfully rendezvoused with Comet 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and has returned close-up images of the comet. Five candidate sites have been identified for the Philae Lander.

The Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft crossed the orbit of Neptune on 25 August, coincidentally the 25th anniversary of the Voyager 2 encounter with Neptune. More...

NASA has announced the seven-instrument science payload for the Mars 2020 Rover. More...

 
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