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The Juno spacecraft successfully went into around Jupiter. Confirmation of the engine burn was received on 04 July at 11:53 p.m. EDT (05 July 03:53 UT). More...

The New Horizons mission has been approved to fly by Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69. It has also been decided that the Dawn mission will remain in orbit around Ceres. More...

The European Space Agency ExoMars 2016 mission, comprising a Martian orbiter and lander, launched successfully on 14 March at 09:31 UT (4:31 a.m. EST).

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

August 24

The first 5-stage rocket is launched, by NACA Langley from Wallops Island.
Launch of Luna 11 orbiter to the Moon.
The IAU votes on a definition of "planet" that does not include Pluto, demoted to status of "dwarf planet".

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