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Planetary

A guide to interesting stuff going on in space science, space exploration, and space advocacy.
  1. BepiColombo's launch was nominal -- the best thing any launch can be. Following launch, the spacecraft documented successful solar array and antenna deployments with self-portraits.
  2. Dawn is celebrating its 11th anniversary of spaceflight. This is the last dawnniversary the spacecraft will see.
  3. Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft was scheduled to touch down on Ryugu later this month, but that has been delayed to early 2019.
  4. It’s been almost 17 years since NASA's Galileo spacecraft took meaningful data of Jupiter’s volcanic moon.
  5. When planetary scientist Brittney Cooper was scrolling through the downlinked images of Hayabusa2’s approach of asteroid Ryugu, a familiar sight caught her attention.