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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

A payload of 13 CubeSats will be carried into space on the first test launch of the NASA Space Launch System in 2018. A large number of these CubeSats are designed to carry out lunar and planetary missions. For more details, see the NASA press release.

The NASA InSight mission to Mars has been postponed from its scheduled 6 March 2016 launch due to a problem with the seismometer. The next launch window would be in May of 2018. For more, see the NASA press release.

Hayabusa 2 flew by Earth on Thursday, December 3 for a gravity assist and is now heading to a June 2018 encounter with asteroid Ryugu.

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