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The largest temblor ever seen on another body outside the Earth was recorded on Mars by the InSight lander seismometer. The marsquake registered 5 on the Richter scale, on 4 May 2022. More....

The CAPSTONE lunar mission is currently scheduled to launch from Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand in a window opening May 31. A live stream of the launch may be available.

Alignment of the James Webb Space Telescope mirrors is complete. The next step is calibration of the instruments. To follow the mission, see the "Where is Webb?" page.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

1969
Apollo 10 reaches the Moon and goes into orbit.
2010
Launch of Akatsuki, JAXA Venus Climate Orbiter.
2018
China launches the Queqiao lunar relay satellite and two radio astronomy microsatellites.

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