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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

1966
Immense Leonid meteor storm, estimates ranged to over 100,000 meteors per hour.
1967
Surveyor 6 fires vernier engines, causing it to hop 3 meters, first "launch" on the lunar surface.
1970
Luna 17 lands on the Moon carrying the Lunokhod 1, the first lunar rover.

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