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The European Space Agency's BepiColombo mission has passed the final major review in Europe and is now ready to be shipped to the ESA spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at the end of April. The launch window opens on 05 October 2018. More...

The Chandrayaan 2 mission to the Moon is scheduled to launch from Satish Dhawan Space Center in India in April. The mission comprises an orbiter, lander, and a six-wheeled solar powered lunar rover.

NASA announced the two finalists for the fourth New Frontiers mission on Wednesday, 20 December 2017. The finalists are the CAESAR sample return mission to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and the Dragonfly lander/rotorcraft mission to Titan. A mission will be chosen from these finalists in 2019 for launch in the mid-2020's. More...

This Day in Planetary and Lunar Exploration History

March 23

Wernher Von Braun born in Wirsitz, Germany.
Launch of Gemini 3 Earth orbiter carrying Gus Grissom and John Young, first piloted orbital maneuvers.

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