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Five investigations have been selected as finalists for the next Discovery class missions. One or two will be chosen to fly as early as 2020. The finalists include two Venus missions, two asteroid missions, and an NEO mission. More...

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko reached perihelion at 02:03 UT on 13 August 2015. The Rosetta spacecraft, flying with the comet, has observed increased activity. It is hoped that the Philae lander will be able to observe changes at the surface as well. More...

Images and data from Pluto and its moons continue to trickle in from the New Horizons spacecraft. Images of atmospheric haze and evidence of flowing ice were discussed at a press conference on 24 July. For recent images and information, see the NASA and APL New Horizons pages.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

October 09

Lunar Orbiter 3 intentionally crashed on the Moon.
The Pioneer Venus Orbiter descends into Venus' atmosphere and is destroyed after orbiting 14 years.
The Japanese Kaguya (SELENE) mission releases the Okina relay satellite into lunar orbit.
The LCROSS Centaur and shepherding spacecraft impact the Moon in Cabeus crater near the south pole.

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