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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

The Chinese rover Yutu is not able to move, but it is still responding to ground commands. The Chang'e-3 lander and rover are in lunar night 6, the lander is functioning nominally and is expected to continue operations past its planned December one-year lifetime.

The LADEE spacecraft impacted the Moon on 18 April between 04:30 and 05:22 UT (12:30-01:22 a.m. EDT). More...

The Philae lander on the European Space Agency Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was reactivated by command from Earth on 28 March after a long cruise-phase hibernation. Philae is scheduled to land on the comet on 11 November 2014.

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