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The European Space Agency's
mission reached Mars on October 19. The main engine burn to put the Trace Gas Orbiter
into orbit around Mars was successful.
Signals from the Schiaparelli lander were lost
moments before the scheduled touch down at 14:58 UT Earth-received time (10:58 a.m. EDT).
The final burn to lower the
spacecraft into a 14 day orbit around Jupiter has been postponed due to a problem
with two helium check valves.
For more information see the
Juno news release.
spacecraft completed its mission with a controlled descent onto the surface of
comet comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Friday, 30 September, at 11:19 UT (7:19 a.m. EDT).
For more information, see the
ESA press release.
- A brief transient lunar event is photographed by D. Alter and observed by other astronomers.
- Sputnik 1 ceases transmissions.
- The NEAR spacecraft flies within 5.3 km of Eros, first ever asteroid flyby within 10 km.
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