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NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission to collect a sample of asteroid Bennu launched successfully on Thursday, September 8 at 23:05 UT (7:05 p.m. EDT). For more, see the NASA press release.

The Philae lander has been found almost two years after its landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The lander, wedged into a dark crack, was spotted on high-resolution images taken by the Rosetta orbiter. For more information, see the ESA press release.

The Juno spacecraft successfully went into orbit around Jupiter. Confirmation of the engine burn was received on July 4 at 11:53 p.m. EDT (July 5, 03:53 UT). For more information see the NASA press release.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

September 26

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First launch made from White Sands Missile Range, a Tiny Tim booster.

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