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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 21

1931
Johannes Winkler launches Europe's first liquid-fueled rocket, in Dessau, Germany, to about 10 feet.
1969
First launch of Soviet heavy N1 rocket at Baikonur ends in failure after 69 seconds when engines shut down.
1972
Luna 20 sample return mission touches down in the Apollonius highlands on the Moon.

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