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The CNSA (China) Chang'e 6 lunar sample return mission launched on 03 May at 09:27 UT (5:27 p.m. Beijing time) on a Long March 5 booster from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center and entered lunar orbit on 02:21 UT, 08 May.

The Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully started transmitting engineering data on 20 April for the first time since 14 November 2023. A software fix circumvented a chip failure that had prevented useful data from being sent. For more, see the JPL news release.

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First human ascent to the stratosphere, A. Piccard and C. Knipfer reach 15.78 km in a balloon.

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