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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.
- First attempted launch of U.S. satellite, Vanguard TV3, ends in failure.
- Pioneer 3 launched, discovers outer Van Allen radiation belt.
- Luna 8, intended soft lander, crashes on Moon in Oceanus Procellarum.
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