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The European Space Agency Rosetta has returned images of comet 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and will rendezvous with the comet on 6 August.

The Chinese Yutu rover is not able to move, but it is still responding to ground commands. The Chang'e-3 lander and rover have survived for 8 lunar days, the lander is functioning nominally and is expected to continue operations past its planned December one-year lifetime.

The European Space Agency Venus Express concluded routine science operations on 15 May and its periapse has been allowed to decline to roughly 130 km to study atmospheric density and aerobraking effects.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

July 29

President Eisenhower announces plans to develop and launch small Earth-orbiting satellites.
National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 signed by President Eisenhower, authorizing creation of NASA.
Apollo 15 Saturn-IVB stage intentionally crashed on Moon.
Deep Space 1 spacecraft flies within 26 km of asteroid 9969 Braille.

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