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The European Space Agency ExoMars 2016 mission, comprising a martian orbiter and lander, launched successfully on March 14 at 9:31 UT (4:31 a.m. EST).

Launch of the NASA InSight mission to Mars has been rescheduled to 5 May 2018. Landing would occur on 26 November 2018. For more, see the NASA press release.

A payload of 13 CubeSats will be carried into space on the first test launch of the NASA Space Launch System in 2018. A large number of these CubeSats are designed to carry out lunar and planetary missions. For more details, see the NASA press release.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

May 02

1999
Mercury capsule, Liberty Bell 7, is located in 4.8 km of water NW of Grand Turk Island.

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