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Lucy, the NASA mission outbound to Jupiter's Trojan asteroids, successfully flew within 430 km of the main belt asteroid 152830 Dinkinesh on 01 November at 16:54 UT (12:54 pm EDT) and discovered that Dinkinesh is a binary system with a small moon.

The Psyche mission launched on Friday, 13 October 13, at 14:19:43 UT (10:19:43 EDT) to begin its six-year journey to the asteroid 16 Psyche. More...

The OSIRIS-REx sample return capsule landed on 24 September at 14:52 UT (10:52 a.m. EDT). Preliminary examination indicates the sample contains water and a high level of carbon. For more, see the NASA Press Release.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

First attempted launch of U.S. satellite, Vanguard TV3, ends in failure.
Pioneer 3 launched, discovers outer Van Allen radiation belt.
Hayabusa2 asteroid Ryugu sample return craft lands in Australia.

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