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Contact was lost with the Israeli Beresheet lunar mission as it attempted its landing on 11 April. Communications ended at about 19:25 UT with the craft about 150 meters above the surface. The cause of the failure is being investigated.

The JAXA (Japan) Hayabusa 2 mission completed its first touchdown and ascent from asteroid Ryugu at approximately 22:30 UT on 21 February (7:30 a.m. JST 22 February). An image of the touchdown site shows the shadow of the spacecraft and the discolored area of the touchdown.

On 3 January, the CNSA (China) Chang'e 4 lunar mission made the first landing ever on the far side of the Moon and deployed the Yutu-2 rover. They successfully ended hibernation after their second lunar night at the end of February and are continuing operations.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

Apollo 13 astronauts first set foot on solid ground in Samoa and are then taken to Hawaii.
The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) impacts the far side of the Moon.

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