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The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) is scheduled to launch the Hayabusa 2 sample return mission to asteroid 1999 JU3 on 30 November at 04:24:48 UT (11:24:48 EST November 29). The spacecraft will reach the asteroid in June 2018 and the sample will be returned to Earth in December 2020.

The European Space Agency Philae Lander has gone into hibernation on comet 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after its last communication session on 15 November. For more, see the ESA Release and

China's Chang'e 5 Test Vehicle capsule successfully landed near Huofutan in Inner Mongolia after rounding the Moon and re-entering the atmosphere at roughly 22:00 UT (6:00 p.m. EDT) on October 31 (6:00 a.m. local Chinese time, Nov. 1).

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

November 28

Launch of Mariner 4, first spacecraft to transmit pictures and data from Mars.

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