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The Japanese Hayabusa 2 spacecraft reached asteroid Ryugu and entered a stationkeeping position 20 km away on 27 June 2018. It then lowered its altitude to return images from 6 km above the surface. More....

12 new moons have been discovered orbiting Jupiter, bringing the total number of Jovian natural satellites to 79. For more on the discoveries, see the Carnegie Science press release.

The ESA Bepi-Colombo mission is set to launch to Mercury on 19 October 2018 from Kourou, French Guiana. For more, see the 26 July ESA announcement.

Launch of the Chandrayaan 2 mission to the Moon has been delayed until the first week of October to allow time to complete mission tests. Launch of the orbiter, lander, and a six-wheeled lunar rover from Satish Dhawan Space Center in India was originally scheduled for April 23.

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August 15

Cosmonauts Nikolayev (Vostok 3) and Popovich (Vostok 4) land, completing first tandem mission in orbit.
Contact lost with CONTOUR spacecraft following scheduled burn to leave Earth orbit.

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