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What's New in Lunar & Planetary Science

The Lucy mission to Jupiter's Trojan asteroids launched successfully on 16 October at 09:34 UT (5:34 a.m. EDT). For more, see the NASA Press Release

The James Webb Space Telescope has arrived by boat in French Guiana. It is scheduled to launch from Kourou on 18 December. For more detail see the NASA Press Release.

ESA's Bepi-Colombo mission made its first Mercury flyby on 1 October, coming within 199 km of the surface at 23:34:41 UT (7:34:41 p.m. EDT) and taking its first pictures of the planet. For more, see the ESA Press Release.

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

Giovanni Cassini discovers Saturn's moon Iapetus.
Venera 10 lands on Venus, returns pictures of the surface.

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