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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 29

1955
President Eisenhower announces plans to launch "small, unmanned, earth-circling satellites" as part of IGY.
1958
National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 signed by President Eisenhower, authorizing creation of NASA.
1971
Apollo 15 Saturn-IVB stage intentionally crashed on Moon.
1999
Deep Space 1 spacecraft flies within 26 km of asteroid 9969 Braille.

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