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The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully flew by Earth on 22 September en route to its rendezvous with asteroid Bennu in August 2018. The spacecraft made its closest approach of 17,237 km at 16:52 UT (12:52 EDT). More...

The Cassini spacecraft made its final plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on 15 September 2017, ending its nearly 20-year mission as planned. Loss of signal occurred at 11:55 UT (7:55 a.m. EDT). More...

NASA has chosen an instrument to be flown on the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO). The instrument, ShadowCam, will map the reflectance within permanently shadowed regions on the Moon to search for frost and ice deposits. KPLO, the first South Korean lunar mission, is scheduled to launch in December 2018. For more information, see the NASA press release.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

October 22

Launch of Luna 12 orbiter to the Moon.
Venera 9 lander returns first-ever pictures from the surface of Venus, bus becomes first Venus orbiter.
Launch of Chandrayaan-1, India's first lunar mission.

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