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The New Horizons spacecraft successfully performed a short engine burn on February 1 to put it on course for its 2019 flyby of Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69. The 44 second burn altered its velocity by 44 cm/sec, refining its approach distance to 2014 MU69. More...

NASA has chosen two new Discovery missions, one, Lucy, to explore six Jupiter Trojan asteroids, and the other, Psyche, to explore main belt asteroid 16 Psyche. For more information, see the NASA press release.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

February 20

Launch of Mercury Atlas 6 "Friendship 7", John Glenn becomes first American to orbit Earth.
Ranger 8 returns pictures of the Moon before impacting the surface.

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