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spacecraft will reach Pluto on July 14, closest approach during the flyby will occur at 11:50 UT
(7:50 a.m. EDT).
lander reestablished contact on 13 June after 7 months of silence on the surface of
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The lander has had a couple of short communications sessions
orbiter and appears to be in good condition. More details are available in the 15 June
spacecraft ended its mission as planned with an impact on the surface of Mercury
April 30 at 19:26 UT (3:26 p.m. EDT). The estimated impact position was 54.4 N, 210.1 E. A
was returned shortly before the impact.
For more details on the end of the mission, see the
MESSENGER News Release.
- Official announcement of the discovery of Pluto's moon, Charon, by Christy and Harrington.
- Launch of Phobos 1 Orbiter/Lander mission to Mars and its moon Phobos.
- Launch of Mars Exploration Rover "Opportunity".
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