What's New in Lunar & Planetary Science
spacecraft reaches Ceres and goes into orbit on Friday, March 6. It has just returned
new images of Ceres
including one showing
two bright spots
in one crater. A news briefing was held Monday at noon EST, for more, see the
NASA Press Release.
The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA)
sample return mission to asteroid 1999 JU3 was launched successfully on
Dec. 3 at 04:22:04 UT (11:22 p.m. Dec. 2 EST). The spacecraft will reach the asteroid in June 2018 and
the sample will be returned to Earth in December 2020. Also launched with Hayabusa 2 was the
asteroid flyby small satellite.
- Launch of Zond 4 flight test to 300,000 km from Earth.
- Launch of Pioneer 10, first mission to outer solar system and Jupiter.
- Launch of Rosetta mission to Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
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