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NASA has announced new details on the discovery of a planetary system by researchers at the University of Liege in Belgium. The system, called TRAPPIST-1, contains 7 roughly Earth-size planets orbiting close to an ultra-cool dwarf star. Three of the planets appear to be in the habitable zone, potentially having liquid water and conditions amenable to life. For more information, see the NASA press release.

The New Horizons spacecraft successfully performed a short engine burn on February 1 to put it on course for its 2019 flyby of Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69. The 44 second burn altered its velocity by 44 cm/sec, refining its approach distance to 2014 MU69. More...

NASA has chosen two new Discovery missions, one, Lucy, to explore six Jupiter Trojan asteroids, and the other, Psyche, to explore main belt asteroid 16 Psyche. For more information, see the NASA press release.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

March 24

Ranger 9 returns pictures of the Moon before impacting the surface.
Mariner 10 mission terminated after three successful Mercury encounters.
Stardust/NExT mission decommissioned after flybys of comets Wild 2 and Tempel 1.

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