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Images and data from Pluto and its moons continue to trickle in from the
spacecraft. Images of atmospheric haze and evidence of flowing ice were discussed at a
press conference on July 24.
For recent images and information, see the
APL New Horizons pages.
lander reestablished contact on 13 June after 7 months of silence on the surface of
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The lander has had a couple of short communications sessions
orbiter and appears to be in good condition. More details are available in the 15 June
spacecraft ended its mission as planned with an impact on the surface of Mercury
April 30 at 19:26 UT (3:26 p.m. EDT). The estimated impact position was 54.4 N, 210.1 E. A
was returned shortly before the impact.
For more details on the end of the mission, see the
MESSENGER News Release.
- Launch of Ranger 7 lunar impact mission.
- The Viking 1 Lander collects the first-ever samples from Mars with its robot arm.
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