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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

The LADEE spacecraft is slowly lowering its orbit in preparation for low-altitude measurements to be made before its planned impact on the far side of the Moon on or before 21 April.

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.

The Chinese Yutu rover is not able to move, but its instruments are functioning normally on its fourth lunar day. The Chang'e-3 lander is functioning nominally and its instruments have completed their planned measurements.

 
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