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Comet Hyakutake

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Ranger 6

January 30

1996 - Comet Hyakutake Discovered (UTM. local Jan 31). Earth Closest Approach: March 25, 1996 07:00 UT (0.10 AU)  Sun Closest Approach: May 1, 1996 09:31 UT (0.23 AU) 1 AU = 93 Million Miles = 150 Million Kilometers
"I don't care about the naming of the comet. If many people could enjoy that comet, that is the happiest thing for me." - Yuji Hyakutake 
1964 - Ranger 6, a robotic lunar probe, was launched to obtain the first close-up TV images of the Moon's surface. However, it's cameras failed and on February 2, 1964, 65.5 hours after launch, it impacted the Moon on the eastern edge of the Sea of Tranquility.
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