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The Psyche mission is now scheduled to launch on 12 October at 14:38 UT (10:38 a.m. EDT).

The OSIRIS-REx sample return capsule landed successfully on 24 September at 14:52 UT (10:52 a.m. EDT). It was picked up by helicopter and transported to a temporary clean room, and then flown to Johnson Space Center in Houston. More....

The JAXA (Japan) Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) mission launched on September 6 at 23:42:11 UT (7:42:11 p.m. EDT) and successfully separated 47 minutes later to begin its roughly 5 month journey to the lunar surface.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

Germany successfully launches first full-range A-4 (V-2) rocket, to 85 km from Peenemunde.
Launch of Mercury Atlas 8, Wally Schirra becomes the third American to orbit Earth.
JAXA Hayabusa2 mission successfully deploys the MASCOT lander on asteroid Ryugu.
The Parker Solar Probe makes its first Venus flyby.

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