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The European Space Agency
has gone into hibernation on comet 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after its last communication
session on 15 November. The lander completed its main scientific mission despite ending
up in a shadowed area which did not provide the planned solar power.
For more, see the
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).
Comet Siding Spring flew by Mars at a distance of about 139,500 km (87,000 miles)
on Sunday, 19 October at 18:27 UT (2:27 p.m. EDT). Many of the spacecraft currently
operating at Mars observed the comet, all were in good health following the comet's
passage. For more information, see the
NASA Siding Spring Comet page.
- First planned observation of the transit of Venus across the Sun, by J. Horrocks.
- Lunar Orbiter 2 takes oblique picture of Copernicus crater, dubbed "one of the pictures of the century".
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