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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.

The NASA InSight mission to Mars has been postponed from its scheduled 6 March 2016 launch due to a problem with the seismometer. The next launch window would be in May of 2018. For more, see the NASA press release.

Hayabusa 2 flew by Earth on Thursday, December 3 for a gravity assist and is now heading to a June 2018 encounter with asteroid Ryugu.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

February 06

1959
First successful launch of a Titan booster, to ~300 km (~200 miles) altitude.
2004
The Beagle 2 Mars lander was declared lost after over a month of silence following the landing.

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