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The crash site of the Israeli Beresheet lunar mission has been found by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The impact occurred on 11 April at about 19:25 UT. The LRO camera has returned an image of the impact site.

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

1963
Launch of Vostok 6, Valentina Tereshkova orbits Earth, becomes the first woman in space.

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