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New Horizons has been in space for 4052 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 589 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
to Pluto on
July 14, 2015.



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 1

     14 years ago, in 2003:

The shuttle Columbia disintegrates during re-entry, killing all 7 aboard.

 2

     53 years ago, in 1964:

Ranger 6 lands on the moon, but its TV camera fails.

 3

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Luna 9 is the first spacecraft to land on the Moon.

     47 years ago, in 1970:

SERT-II is launched for a 6 month test of a mercury ion thruster engine.

     40 years ago, in 1977:

The Salyut 4 space station burns up in Earth's atmosphere after 770 days in orbit.

     33 years ago, in 1984:

Astronaut Bruce McCandless takes the first untethered space walk using the new Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU).

     23 years ago, in 1994:

The Clementine lunar probe leaves Earth orbit.

     11 years ago, in 2006:

SuitSat-1 is deployed from the ISS.

     7 years ago, in 2010:

NASA extends the Cassini mission at Saturn to 2017.

 4            FIRST QUARTER 

     56 years ago, in 1961:

Venera 1VA is launched to Venus, first ever planetary mission, but fails to leave Earth Orbit.

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Luna 9 sends the first pictures from the lunar surface, which are intercepted and published by the British.

 5

     50 years ago, in 1967:

Lunar Orbiter 3 is launched to photograph the future Apollo and Surveyor landing sites.

     46 years ago, in 1971:

Apollo 14 lands on the moon.

     43 years ago, in 1974:

Mariner 10 flies by Venus, becomes the first spacecraft to use gravity assist, next stop: Mercury.

     23 years ago, in 1994:

The Clementine lunar probe makes its first Earth flyby.

 6

     39 years ago, in 1978:

Progress 1 undocks from the Salyut 6 space station.

     13 years ago, in 2004:

The Beagle 2 lander is declared lost.

 7            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     40 years ago, in 1977:

Soyuz 24 is launched to the Salyut 5 space station.

     18 years ago, in 1999:

Stardust is launched to comet Wild 2 to capture comet dust and pre-solar interstellar materials to be returned to Earth.

 8

     50 years ago, in 1967:

Lunar Orbiter 3 goes into orbit around the Moon.

     43 years ago, in 1974:

After just over 84 days in orbit, the crew of Skylab 4 return to Earth.

     39 years ago, in 1978:

Progress 1 enters Earth's atmosphere and burns up.

     32 years ago, in 1985:

Brazil's first communications satellite, Brasilsat F1, is launched from the space centre in Kourou, French Guiana.

     25 years ago, in 1992:

The Ulysses spacecraft arrives at Jupiter for a swing-by maneuver to position itself for orbit above the Sun's poles.

 9

     46 years ago, in 1971:

Apollo 14 splashdown.

     42 years ago, in 1975:

After 29 days, Soyuz 17 leaves the Salyut 4 space station and lands on Earth.

 10

     43 years ago, in 1974:

Mars 4 reaches Mars, but its retro-rockets fail and it flies by the planet instead of going into orbit.

     27 years ago, in 1990:

The Galileo probe flies past Venus for a gravity assist to Jupiter.

     8 years ago, in 2009:

Two satellites collide in orbit for the first time, Iridium 33 and Kosmos 2251.

 11            FULL MOON 

     47 years ago, in 1970:

Ōsumi (or Ohsumi), the first Japanese satellite, is launched.

     20 years ago, in 1997:

Servicing Mission 2 is launched aboard shuttle Discovery (STS-82) to extend Hubble's wavelength range to near infrared.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

Landsat 8 is launched.

 12

     56 years ago, in 1961:

Venera 1 is launched for Venus, but communications fail before arrival.

     43 years ago, in 1974:

Mars 5 reaches Mars and takes photos for 22 orbits until a transmitter flaw ends the mission.

     18 years ago, in 1999:

The ROSAT X-ray satellite is shut down.

     16 years ago, in 2001:

The NEAR Shoemaker probe lands on asteroid Eros.

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 14            WANING GIBBOUS 

     54 years ago, in 1963:

Syncom 1 is launched to be the first geosynchronous communications satellite, but fails before reaching orbit.

     45 years ago, in 1972:

Luna 20 (USSR) is launched to the Moon; the eighth Soviet attempt to bring back soil from the surface.

     37 years ago, in 1980:

The Solar Maximum Mission satellite (SolarMax) is launched to study the Sun.

     27 years ago, in 1990:

Voyager 1 is turned around to take the Solar System Portrait (Portrait of the Planets), 4 billion miles from the Sun.

     17 years ago, in 2000:

The NEAR Shoemaker probe arrives at the asteroid Eros.

     16 years ago, in 2001:

Thomas Jones and Robert Curbeam Jr. perform the 100th space walk in the United States space program.

     6 years ago, in 2011:

Stardust/NExT flies by comet Tempel 1 and sends back images.

 15

     453 years ago, in 1564:

Galileo Galilei is born in Pisa, Duchy of Florence, Italy.

     172 years ago, in 1845:

The 72-inch Rosse (Leviathan of Parsonstown) Telescope sees "first light".

     24 years ago, in 1993:

The Japanese Hiten moon probe is placed into permanent lunar orbit.

     23 years ago, in 1994:

The Clementine lunar probe makes its second Earth flyby.

 16

     69 years ago, in 1948:

Gerard Kuiper discovers one of Uranus' moons, Miranda.

     41 years ago, in 1976:

After 90 days, Soyuz 20 leaves the Salyut 4 space station and lands on Earth.

 17

     52 years ago, in 1965:

Ranger 8 is launched to the moon.

     21 years ago, in 1996:

NASA launches the NEAR Shoemaker probe to study near-Earth asteroid Eros.

     19 years ago, in 1998:

Pioneer 10 and Voyager 1 are the same distance away from the Sun, 69.4 AU (6.45 billion miles).

      1 year ago, in 2016:

The Japanese X-ray Astronomy satellite Hitomi is launched from the Tanegashima Space Center.

 18            LAST QUARTER 

     87 years ago, in 1930:

Clyde W. Tombaugh discovers Pluto.

     45 years ago, in 1972:

Luna 20 (USSR) goes into orbit around the Moon.

     40 years ago, in 1977:

The shuttle Enterprise makes its first captive flight atop a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

     11 years ago, in 2006:

SuitSat-1 sends its last confirmed signal.

 19

     544 years ago, in 1473:

Nicolaus Copernicus is born in Thorn, Royal Prussia, Kingdom of Poland.

     230 years ago, in 1787:

William Herschel's 40-foot (Great Forty-Foot) Telescope sees "first light".

     31 years ago, in 1986:

The Mir Core Module is launched; first part of the new Russian space station.

     23 years ago, in 1994:

The Clementine lunar probe enters the Moons orbit.

 20

     70 years ago, in 1947:

A U.S. launched V-2 rocket sends the first animals (fruit flies) into space, which are successfully recovered.

     55 years ago, in 1962:

Three-orbit flight that placed the first American into earth orbit, John H. Glenn, Jr. (Mercury/Friendship 7).

     52 years ago, in 1965:

Ranger 8 sends back 7,137 hi-res pictures before crashing into the lunar surface.

     40 years ago, in 1977:

The Viking 1 orbiter flies by one of Mars' moons, Phobos, with the closest approach being 55 miles (89km).

 21

     54 years ago, in 1963:

Telstar 1 goes out of service, mostly due to radiation from high-altitude nuclear bomb testing.

     45 years ago, in 1972:

Luna 20 (USSR) lands on the Moon's highlands, and successfully collects a soil sample.

 22            WANING CRESCENT 

     51 years ago, in 1966:

The Soviet dogs Veterok and Ugolyok are launched on board Cosmos 110, and spend 22 days in orbit.

     45 years ago, in 1972:

Luna 20 's ascent stage lifts off from the Moon, and heads to Earth with its soil sample.

     26 years ago, in 1991:

The Japanese probe Suisei runs out of propellant.

 23

 24

     68 years ago, in 1949:

A WAC Corporal with a V-2 first stage is flown at 5150 mph (8290 kph); first flight of over five times the speed of sound.

     30 years ago, in 1987:

Supernova SN 1987A is discovered.

 25

     48 years ago, in 1969:

Mariner 6 is launched to Mars.

     45 years ago, in 1972:

Luna 20 successfully returns the capsule with the lunar soil sample to Earth.

     40 years ago, in 1977:

After 18 days, Soyuz 24 leaves the Salyut 5 space station and lands on Earth.

     35 years ago, in 1982:

Landsat 2 ceases operations.

     10 years ago, in 2007:

Rosetta flies by Mars, returning detailed images.

 26            NEW MOON 

     401 years ago, in 1616:

Galileo Galilei is ordered by the Inquisition to abandon the Copernican theories.

     23 years ago, in 1994:

The Clementine lunar probe begins systematic mapping of the Southern hemisphere of the Moon.

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 28

     10 years ago, in 2007:

New Horizons makes a pass by Jupiter for a gravity assist to Pluto.

     8 years ago, in 2009:

Dawn receives a gravity assist from Mars on its way to the asteroid Vesta.