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New Horizons has been in space for 4116 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 653 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
to Pluto on
July 14, 2015.



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New Horizons Message Initiative March, 2017

  April 2017  

May, 2017

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 1

     57 years ago, in 1960:

NASA launches the first weather satellite, Tiros 1.

     46 years ago, in 1971:

ISIS-II, a Canadian research satellite to explore the ionosphere, is launched.

     13 years ago, in 2004:

The Genesis spacecraft completes its sampling of the solar wind.

 2

     59 years ago, in 1958:

The National Advisory Council on Aeronautics is renamed NASA.

     54 years ago, in 1963:

Luna 4 is launched to the Moon.

     53 years ago, in 1964:

Zond 1 is launched to Venus.

     42 years ago, in 1975:

Luna 22's (USSR) primary mission ends, though it returns data and pictures from lunar orbit for another three months.

     33 years ago, in 1984:

On board the Soyuz T-11 mission to Salyut 7, Rakesh Sharma becomes the first Indian to visit space.

 3            FIRST QUARTER 

     54 years ago, in 1963:

Explorer 17 is launched to study the Earth's upper atmosphere.

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Luna 10 becomes the first spacecraft to orbit the Moon.

 4

     49 years ago, in 1968:

The final test flight of all the Apollo stages (Apollo 6 - unmanned test flight).

     44 years ago, in 1973:

Salyut 2, first of a series of the highly classified Almaz military space station program, is launched.

     34 years ago, in 1983:

The maiden flight of the shuttle Challenger (STS-6) launches, becoming the first shuttle mission in which an EVA is performed.

     3 years ago, in 2014:

The French PICARD Solar Satellite ends its successful mission.

 5

     44 years ago, in 1973:

Pioneer 11 is launched.

     38 years ago, in 1979:

The Uhuru X-ray Explorer Satellite burns up in the atmosphere.

     27 years ago, in 1990:

Orbital Sciences Corporation launches Pegasus, becoming the first company to put a privately developed rocket into orbit.

     26 years ago, in 1991:

The Compton Gamma Ray Observatory is launched from the shuttle Atlantis (STS-37).

 6

     57 years ago, in 1960:

Sputnik 3 burns up after reentering Earth's atmosphere.

     52 years ago, in 1965:

Intelsat I (Early Bird), the first commercial communications satellite to be placed into geosynchronous orbit, is launched.

 7            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     54 years ago, in 1963:

Luna 4 misses the Moon due to a navigation fault.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Luna 14 is launched to the Moon.

     16 years ago, in 2001:

The Russian Proton-M rocket makes its first flight.

     16 years ago, in 2001:

Mars Odyssey Orbiter is launched.

     6 years ago, in 2011:

The United Nations General Assembly declares April 12th as the International Day of Human Space Flight.

 8

     53 years ago, in 1964:

Gemini 1 is launched for an unmanned test flight.

     51 years ago, in 1966:

OAO-1 (Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 1) is launched with instruments to detect ultraviolet, X-ray and gamma ray emission, but fails after three days in orbit.

     37 years ago, in 1980:

Telesto, a moon of Saturn, is discovered using ground-based observations.

     15 years ago, in 2002:

The S0 Truss segment for the backbone of the ISS is launched aboard shuttle Atlantis (STS-110).

     9 years ago, in 2008:

On board the Soyuz TMA-12 mission to the ISS, Yi So-yeon becomes the first Korean and the third woman to be the first national from their country to visit space.

      1 year ago, in 2016:

SpaceX mission CRS-8 (SpX-8) launches a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the ISS, bringing the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) for testing.

 9

     58 years ago, in 1959:

NASA introduces it's first 7 astronauts, the "Mercury Seven".

     55 years ago, in 1962:

The Soviet Union declares April 12th as Cosmonautics Day.

     31 years ago, in 1986:

The ESA's EXOSAT mission is ended due to a failure in the attitude control system.

 10

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Luna 14 goes into orbit around the Moon.

     38 years ago, in 1979:

On board the Soyuz 33 mission to Salyut 6, Georgi Ivanov Kakalov becomes the first Bulgarian to visit space.

     24 years ago, in 1993:

The Japanese Hiten moon probe is deliberately crashed into the Moon.

 11            FULL MOON 

     47 years ago, in 1970:

Apollo 13 launch to land on the moon.

     44 years ago, in 1973:

An accident on Salyut 2 causes both solar panels to be torn loose from the space station, cutting off all power.

     37 years ago, in 1980:

Viking Lander 2 makes its final contact with Earth.

     33 years ago, in 1984:

The Solar Maximum Mission satellite (SolarMax) is the first satellite to be repaired by a Shuttle crew (STS-41-C).

     11 years ago, in 2006:

The ESA's Venus Express arrives at Venus.

 12

     200 years ago, in 1817:

Charles Messier dies at age 86 in Paris, France.

     168 years ago, in 1849:

Annibale de Gasparis of Italy discovers the fourth largest asteroid, Hygiea.

     56 years ago, in 1961:

On board Vostok 1, Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person in space and orbits the Earth once.

     53 years ago, in 1964:

Gemini 1 (unmanned) is purposely destroyed during re-entry.

     41 years ago, in 1976:

OSCAR 4, the fourth amateur radio satellite, burns up in re-entry.

     36 years ago, in 1981:

The first orbital flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program is launched with shuttle Columbia (STS-1).

     32 years ago, in 1985:

Canada's Anik C1 communications satellite is deployed from shuttle Discovery (STS-51-D).

     16 years ago, in 2001:

Yuri's Night, a world space party, is inaugurated.

 13

     47 years ago, in 1970:

Apollo 13 malfunction, "Houston, we have a problem…".

     43 years ago, in 1974:

Launched by Western Union and NASA, Westar 1 is America's first domestic & commercially launched geostationary communication satellite.

 14

     59 years ago, in 1958:

Sputnik 2 burns up after reentering Earth's atmosphere.

     36 years ago, in 1981:

After a successful mission, the shuttle Columbia (STS-1) returns to Earth.

 15            WANING GIBBOUS 

     18 years ago, in 1999:

Landsat 7 is launched.

 16

     45 years ago, in 1972:

Apollo 16 launch to land on the moon.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

IRIS, a NASA solar observation satellite, is launched.

 17

     143 years ago, in 1874:

The French astronomer Jerome Coggia discovers Comet Coggia (C/1874 H1, Great Comet of 1874).

     62 years ago, in 1955:

Albert Einstein dies of a rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, in Princeton, New Jersey.

     50 years ago, in 1967:

Surveyor 3 is launched for the moon.

     47 years ago, in 1970:

Apollo 13 returns for a safe splashdown.

     36 years ago, in 1981:

Last contact is made with the Einstein Observatory (HEAO-2) X-ray telescope.

     10 years ago, in 2007:

The first Columbian satellite, Libertad 1, is successfully launched.

     3 years ago, in 2014:

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) makes a planned impact on the Moons surface.

 18

     227 years ago, in 1790:

Caroline Herschel discovers her fourth comet, Comet C/1790 H1 (Herschel).

     15 years ago, in 2002:

Stardust reaches its aphelion, and at 407 million kms (253 million miles) from the Sun, the furthest distance so far by a solar-powered craft.

     9 years ago, in 2008:

The first Vietnamese satellite, Vinasat-1, is successfully launched.

 19            LAST QUARTER 

     46 years ago, in 1971:

The USSR launches the first space station, Salyut 1.

     42 years ago, in 1975:

India launches the nations first satellite, Aryabhata.

     16 years ago, in 2001:

The shuttle Endeavour (STS-100) launches, bringing Canadarm2 to the ISS.

     16 years ago, in 2001:

Chris Hadfield, aboard the ISS, is the first Canadian to perform a spacewalk.

 20

     50 years ago, in 1967:

Surveyor 3 is the second craft to make a soft landing on the Moon.

     45 years ago, in 1972:

Apollo 16 lands on the moon.

     44 years ago, in 1973:

Canada's Anik A2 communications satellite is launched.

 21

     23 years ago, in 1994:

The Clementine lunar probe finishes its systematic mapping of the Moon.

 22

     331 years ago, in 1686:

Giovanni Cassini discovers one of Saturn's moons, Dione.

     46 years ago, in 1971:

Soyuz 10 is launched to Salyut 1, but fails to dock.

 23            WANING CRESCENT 

     55 years ago, in 1962:

Ranger 4 is launched to the moon.

     50 years ago, in 1967:

Soyuz 1 is launched for its maiden flight.

 24

     50 years ago, in 1967:

First space casualty when Vladimir Komarov dies during re-entry of Soyuz 1 due to a parachute malfunction.

     47 years ago, in 1970:

The first Chinese satellite, Dongfanghong I, is successfully launched.

     46 years ago, in 1971:

After a failed docking attempt, Soyuz 10 leaves Salyut 1 and lands on Earth.

     42 years ago, in 1975:

Contact is lost with India's first satellite, Aryabhata.

     27 years ago, in 1990:

The Hubble Space Telescope is launched aboard the shuttle Discovery (STS-31).

 25

     15 years ago, in 2002:

On board the Soyuz TM-34 mission to the ISS, Mark Shuttleworth becomes the first citizen of an independent African country, and the second space tourist to visit space.

 26            NEW MOON 

     97 years ago, in 1920:

The Great Debate (Shapley–Curtis) about the size of the universe takes place at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

     55 years ago, in 1962:

Ranger 4 crashes into the far side of the Moon, becoming the first American craft to reach another celestial body.

     55 years ago, in 1962:

Ariel 1, the first British satellite, is launched, making Britain the third country in the world to do so.

     21 years ago, in 1996:

The Priroda (Earth Sensing Module), last of seven modules, is launched to be a part of the Mir space station.

     19 years ago, in 1998:

Cassini makes its first pass by Venus for a gravity assist to Saturn.

     10 years ago, in 2007:

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) completes its first test flight.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

NEE-01 Pegaso becomes Ecuador's first satellite to be launched.

 27

     56 years ago, in 1961:

Explorer 11 is launched, carrying the first space-based gamma-ray telescope.

     45 years ago, in 1972:

Apollo 16 splashdown.

 28

     19 years ago, in 1998:

Egypt launchs Nilesat 101, becoming the first African country with its own direct TV broadcast satellite.

     16 years ago, in 2001:

On board the Soyuz TM-32 mission to the ISS, Dennis Tito becomes the first "space tourist".

     16 years ago, in 2001:

Canadarm2 is used for the first time after being installed on the ISS.

     14 years ago, in 2003:

The Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) is launched.

 29            WAXING CRESCENT 

     14 years ago, in 2003:

The BeppoSAX X-ray astronomy satellite re-enters Earth's atmosphere and falls into the Pacific Ocean.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

The Herschel infrared telescope runs out of coolant and is decommissioned.

 30

     21 years ago, in 1996:

BeppoSAX, an Italian–Dutch X-ray astronomy satellite, is launched.

     15 years ago, in 2002:

The BeppoSAX X-ray astronomy satellite is deactivated, due to a decaying orbit.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

The Messenger probe ends its mission and crashes into Mercury.