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Planetary

A guide to interesting stuff going on in space science, space exploration, and space advocacy.
  1. Let's check in on NASA's Juno spacecraft, which completed its 14th close flyby of Jupiter last month.
  2. A lack of new missions keeps scientists guessing on what shaped the planet’s surface.
  3. The Planetary Society's Space Policy and Advocacy team publishes quarterly reports on their activities, actions, priorities, and goals in service of their efforts to promote space science and exploration in Washington, D.C.
  4. Chandrayaan-2, expected to launch in October, will now be launching no earlier than 3 January 2019, with its lander and rover touching down in February.
  5. This week Hayabusa2 completed its closest approach yet to asteroid Ryugu. In a successful gravity measurement experiment on August 6, the spacecraft dipped to within 1 kilometer of the asteroid.