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The MAVEN mission will reach Mars and start its 33-minute orbit insertion burn on 22 September at 01:50 UTC (21 September 9:50 p.m. EDT). A NASA news briefing will be shown live on NASA TV on Wednesday, 17 Sept. at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

On 06 August the European Space Agency Rosetta spacecraft successfully rendezvoused with Comet 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and has returned close-up images of the comet. Five candidate sites have been identified for the Philae Lander.

The Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft crossed the orbit of Neptune on 25 August, coincidentally the 25th anniversary of the Voyager 2 encounter with Neptune. More...

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

September 17

1857
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky born in Izhevskoye, Russia.
1959
First powered flight of the NASA X-15 rocket plane, to Mach 2.11.

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