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Twenty new moons of Saturn have been discovered, bringing the total number of Saturnian satellites to 82, topping Jupiter's 79 moons. More...

The ISRO (India) Chandrayaan 2 Vikram lander descended towards the lunar surface for a planned landing on 06 September, but contact was lost at an altitude of 2.1 km.

The JAXA Hayabusa2 mission made its second sampling run, touching down on asteroid Ryugu and firing a projectile into the surface on 11 July.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

1972
Launch of Apollo 17, last astronaut mission to land on the Moon.
1995
Galileo flies by Jupiter and goes into orbit and the Galileo probe enters the atmosphere.

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