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OpNav camera has taken the
best picture of Ceres to date,
with better resolution than the best Hubble images.
Better images will be returned as the spacecraft gets closer to the asteroid
in preparation for its March 6 arrival and insertion into orbit.
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 Explorer 1, first U.S. satellite.
- Launch of Luna 9, first spacecraft to successfully soft-land on the Moon.
- Lunar Orbiter 5 intentionally crashed on the Moon.
- Launch of Apollo 14, third mission to land humans on the Moon.
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