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The European Space Agency Solar Orbiter mission, with multiple flybys of Venus, is scheduled to launch on February 5 at 11:27 p.m. EST (6 February 2020 at 04:27 UT) from Cape Canaveral.

A primary sampling site has been chosen for the OSIRIS-REx mission. The site, designated "Nightingale", is located in a crater in the high northern hemisphere of asteroid Bennu. Sample collection is scheduled for August 2020. For more, see the NASA press release.

The Parker Solar Probe made its second Venus flyby on 26 December.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

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Apollo 1 pad fire, astronauts Grissom, White, and Chaffee are killed in pre-launch test.

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