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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.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

April 17

1967
Launch of Surveyor 3, second U.S. lunar lander.
1970
Apollo 13, with Jim Lovell, John Swigert, and Fred Haise aboard, splashes down safely.

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