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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...


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

Hayabusa 2 will fly by Earth on Thursday, December 3 (closest approach at 10:07 UT, 5:07 a.m. EST), for a gravity assist en route to its June 2018 encounter with asteroid Ryugu.

A news briefing on the role played by solar wind in stripping away Mars' atmosphere was held with the MAVEN team on Thursday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m. EST. For details from the briefing, see the NASA news release.

The last of four thruster maneuvers, on 4 November, has put the New Horizons spacecraft on course to reach its next target, Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69, on 1 January 2019. For recent images and information, see the NASA and APL New Horizons pages.
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