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What's New in Lunar & Planetary Science

Communications were reestablished with the Japanese SLIM lunar lander on March 26 after it survived its second lunar night.

The discovery of three new moons in the outer solar system has been announced. One is orbiting Uranus, and two are around Neptune, bringing the total to 28 and 16, respectively.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

1959
Discoverer 2 becomes the first spacecraft to return a re-entry capsule from Earth orbit.
1970
Apollo 13 reaches altitude of 400,172 km, furthest distance humans have ever been from Earth.

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