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What's New in Lunar & Planetary Science

A new asteroid has been added to the itinerary of the Lucy mission. It will fly within 450 km of asteroid 1999 V57 on 1 November 2023. For more information, see the 25 January NASA press release.

The InSight Mars Lander mission has been declared over after ground controllers failed to communicate with the lander on two separate attempts. For more, see the 21 December NASA press release.

The Hakuto-R M1 lunar landing mission and the Lunar Flashlight Moon orbiting cubesat successfully launched together on 11 December at 07:38 UT (2:38 a.m. EST).

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

Clyde Tombaugh finishes a six-night observing run that leads to the discovery of Pluto.
The Phobos 2 spacecraft goes into orbit around Mars.

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