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The Juno spacecraft will go into orbit around Jupiter on July 4 at about 10:30 p.m. EDT (July 5, 02:30 UT). For more information on the pre-entry schedule and how to follow the orbit insertion, see the NASA media advisory.

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).

Launch of the NASA InSight mission to Mars has been rescheduled to 5 May 2018. Landing would occur on 26 November 2018. For more, see the NASA press release.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

June 25

Hermann Oberth, rocket pioneer, born in Hermannstadt, Hungary.
George Hale photographs Zeeman effect on a sunspot, first discovery of magnetic fields beyond Earth.

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