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The Juno spacecraft successfully went into around Jupiter. Confirmation of the engine burn was received on July 4 at 11:53 p.m. EDT (July 5, 03:53 UT). For more information see the NASA press release.

The New Horizons mission has been approved to fly by Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69. It has also been decided that the Dawn mission will remain in orbit around Ceres. For more, see the NASA press release.

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).

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

July 30

Asteroid 951 Gaspra discovered by Grigoriy Neujmin.
Apollo 15 becomes the fourth mission to land humans on the Moon, first Lunar Rover driven.

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