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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.
The European Space Agency
has gone into hibernation on comet 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after its last communication
session on 15 November.
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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). The main
bus maneuvered to the L2 point and will transfer into lunar
orbit in January.
- Inaugural meeting of the French Academy of Sciences.
- Max Wolf makes first photographic discovery of an asteroid, 323 Brucia.
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