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The European Space Agency Rosetta mission will rendezvous with comet 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August.

The Chinese Yutu rover is not able to move, but it is still responding to ground commands. The Chang'e-3 lander and rover have survived for 8 lunar days, the lander is functioning nominally and is expected to continue operations past its planned December one-year lifetime.

The European Space Agency Venus Express concluded routine science operations on 15 May and its periapse has been allowed to decline to roughly 130 km to study atmospheric density and aerobraking effects.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

July 23

1992
Operations of the Giotto spacecraft were officially terminated due to lack of propellant.
1995
Comet Hale-Bopp discovered by Thomas Bopp and Alan Hale.

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