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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 European Space Agency Rosetta mission will rendezvous with comet 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August.

The Chinese Yutu rover is not able to move, but it is still responding to ground commands. The Chang'e-3 lander and rover have survived for 8 lunar days, the lander is functioning nominally and is expected to continue operations past its planned December one-year lifetime.

The European Space Agency Venus Express concluded routine science operations on 15 May and its periapse has been allowed to decline to roughly 130 km to study atmospheric density and aerobraking effects.

 
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