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On this day in 1979 – September 1st – NASA's probe Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to fly past Saturn.

Pioneer 11 is now nearly 132 times farther away from the Sun than Earth is - its final signal was received in 2003.


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On this day in 1970 – September 3rd – NASA cancelled the last two planned lunar landings.

Apollo 18 and Apollo 19 were officially cancelled following cuts to NASA's budget for 1971. The Cold War political point had been made and the public had also lost interest after the excitement of Apollo 11.


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On this day in 2006 – September 3rd – ESA's SMART-1 spacecraft ended its mission when it was deliberately crashed into the Moon's surface.

SMART-1 spent 16 months testing testing innovative and miniaturised space technologies. It also produced detailed maps of the Moon's chemical make-up, to help refine theories about its birth.


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On this day in 1977 – September 5th – NASA launched the Voyager 1 spacecraft.

Voyager 1 is now almost 158 AU from Earth - that's 158 times farther from us than we are to the Sun. It's in interstellar space.


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On this day in 1908 – September 5th – Edoardo Amaldi, Italian cosmic-ray physicist, was born.

The reconstruction of the Italian scientific environment after World War II was due almost entirely to Amaldi, and he was one of the founding fathers of the European Space Research Organisation which would later become the European Space Agency (ESA).


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On this day in 1908 – September 5th – ESA's Rosetta Mission made its closest approach to asteroid (2867) Steins at a distance of 800 km.

This was Rosetta's first encounter with an asteroid and it produced data about the asteroid that couldn't have been obtained from Earth.


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On this day in 2013 – September 7th – NASA launched the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE).

The orbiter explored the lunar exosphere and dust in the Moon's vicinity


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On this day in 2004– September 8th – NASA's Genesis probe, that had collected bits of solar wind, crash-landed when it returned to Earth.

Some samples were salvaged, as some of the contamination could be dealt with. The mission's major science objectives were achieved.


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