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What's New in Lunar & Planetary Science

The European Space Agency's Bepi-Colombo mission launched on its mission to Mercury at 01:45:28 UT on October 20 from Kourou, French Guiana. For more, see the ESA media release.

The JAXA Hayabusa 2 mission successfully deployed and landed its MASCOT lander on asteroid 162173 Ryugu on 3 October (JST). The lander returned data from the surface for over 17 hours. More.....

The OSIRIS-REx mission successfully made its first asteroid approach maneuver thruster firing on October 1. It will reach its initial position 20 km from Bennu on December 3. More....

The Parker Solar Probe made the first of seven Venus flybys on 3 October at 8:44 UTC (4:44 a.m. EDT) en route to its first perihelion on 5 November.

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