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New Horizons has been in space for 4291 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 828 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
to Pluto on
July 14, 2015.



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New Horizons Message Initiative September, 2017

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 1

     59 years ago, in 1958:

The NASA agency becomes operational.

     14 years ago, in 2003:

With the merger of three previously independent organizations, the Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA) is formed.

 2            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     46 years ago, in 1971:

Luna 19 (USSR) goes into orbit around the Moon, returning data for the next year.

     26 years ago, in 1991:

On board the Soyuz TM-13 mission to Mir, Franz Viehbock becomes the first Austrian to visit space.

     26 years ago, in 1991:

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

 3

     75 years ago, in 1942:

The first V-2 rocket is launched from Peenemunde, Germany, and reaches 85 km (52 mi).

     55 years ago, in 1962:

Mercury/Sigma 7 does 6 earth orbits with astronaut Wally M. Schirra.

     32 years ago, in 1985:

The shuttle Atlantis (STS-51-J) lifts off for its maiden flight.

 4

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1

     60 years ago, in 1957:

The Soviets launch Sputnik 1, the world's first artificial satellite.

     58 years ago, in 1959:

Luna 3 is launched to the Moon.

     57 years ago, in 1960:

Courier 1B is launched by the USAF, becoming the world's first active repeater satellite.

     52 years ago, in 1965:

Luna 7 is launched to the Moon.

 5            FULL MOON 

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2

     59 years ago, in 1958:

Explorer 4's high-power transmitter ceases sending signals.

     33 years ago, in 1984:

Marc Garneau, aboard the shuttle Challenger (STS-41-G), becomes the first Canadian in space.

     24 years ago, in 1993:

Landsat 6 is launched, but fails to reach orbit.

 6

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3

     58 years ago, in 1959:

Explorer 6 makes its final transmission.

     50 years ago, in 1967:

After 180 days, Lunar Orbiter 4's decaying orbit crashes it into the Moon.

     27 years ago, in 1990:

The Ulysses spacecraft is launched from shuttle Discovery (STS-41) to study the sun.

     22 years ago, in 1995:

The first confirmed exoplanet around a sun-like star, 51 Pegasi b, is discovered.

     20 years ago, in 1997:

After almost 32 years, Pioneer 6 is tracked with the 70 meter Deep Space Station 43 in Australia.

     9 years ago, in 2008:

Messenger makes its second Mercury flyby.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) goes into orbit around the Moon.

 7

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4

     58 years ago, in 1959:

Luna 3 takes the first photos of the far side of the Moon.

     52 years ago, in 1965:

Luna 7 crashes into the Moon, instead of a soft landing as planned.

     20 years ago, in 1997:

Mars Pathfinder sends its last signal.

     15 years ago, in 2002:

The shuttle Atlantis (STS-112) is launched with the Starboard 1 (S1) truss segment for the ISS.

 8

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5

     5 years ago, in 2012:

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is launched on its first operational mission (CRS-1) to the ISS.

 9            WANING GIBBOUS 

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6

     50 years ago, in 1967:

After 246 days, Lunar Orbiter 3's orbit decays and it crashes into the Moon.

     17 years ago, in 2000:

The High Energy Transient Explorer 2 (HETE-2), designed for multiwavelength study of gamma-ray bursts, is successfully launched.

     8 years ago, in 2009:

The LCROSS Centaur booster rocket and the Shepherding Spacecraft impact into Cabeus crater on the moon.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

The Juno probe makes a flyby of Earth on its way to Jupiter.

 10

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7

     171 years ago, in 1846:

William Lassell discovers Neptune's largest moon, Triton.

     50 years ago, in 1967:

The Outer Space Treaty is passed.

     34 years ago, in 1983:

Venera 15 goes into orbit around Venus.

 11

     59 years ago, in 1958:

Pioneer 1 is the first spacecraft to be launched by NASA, but fails to reach the Moon.

     50 years ago, in 1967:

After 339 days, Lunar Orbiter 2 is commanded to crash into the Moon.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

First crewed Apollo flight, orbits the Earth for 11 days (Apollo 7 test flight - no LM).

     48 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 6 is launched for a rendezvous with Soyuz 7 and 8.

     46 years ago, in 1971:

The Salyut 1 space station is sent into the atmosphere to burn up after 175 days in orbit.

     34 years ago, in 1983:

Venera 16 goes into orbit around Venus.

     33 years ago, in 1984:

Aboard shuttle Challenger (STS-41-G), Kathryn Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform an EVA.

     17 years ago, in 2000:

The 100th mission of the shuttle launches (Discovery; STS-92), bringing the Z1 truss and other components for the ISS.

 12            LAST QUARTER 

     53 years ago, in 1964:

Voskhod 1 is launched with three cosmonauts aboard; the first multiman mission.

     48 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 7 is launched for a rendezvous with Soyuz 6 and 8.

     40 years ago, in 1977:

The shuttle Enterprise makes its fourth Approach and Landing Test (ALT-15) after being releasd from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

 13

     59 years ago, in 1958:

Pioneer 1 burns up after reentering Earth's atmosphere.

     58 years ago, in 1959:

Explorer 7 is launched, beginning the start of satellite studies of Earth's climate.

     53 years ago, in 1964:

Voskhod 1 returns to Earth.

     48 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 8 is launched for a rendezvous with Soyuz 6 and 7.

     23 years ago, in 1994:

The Magellan mission at Venus ends; the spacecraft is deorbited into the Venusian atmosphere.

 14

     70 years ago, in 1947:

Charles "Chuck" Yeager breaks the sound barrier in the XS-1.

 15

     52 years ago, in 1965:

The equipment module of Korabl-Sputnik 1 (Sputnik 4) re-enters Earths atmosphere.

     20 years ago, in 1997:

Cassini is launched to Saturn.

     14 years ago, in 2003:

Aboard the Shenzhou 5 spacecraft, Yang Liwei becomes the first person sent into space by the Chinese space program.

 16            WANING CRESCENT 

     48 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 6, 7 and 8 return to Earth after all three fail at docking due to an electronic malfunction.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

A 650 kg (1,440 lb) fragment from the Chelyabinsk air burst is recovered from Chebarkul lake in Russia.

      1 year ago, in 2016:

ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) releases the Schiaparelli lander.

 17

     15 years ago, in 2002:

ESA launches INTEGRAL (INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory).

 18

     55 years ago, in 1962:

Ranger 5 is launched to the moon, but misses it and settles into a heliocentric orbit.

     54 years ago, in 1963:

A French sounding rocket, Véronique AGI 47, launces Félicette, the first and only cat sent into space; she was recovered successfully.

     50 years ago, in 1967:

Venera 4 enters the atmosphere of Venus and may have landed.

     28 years ago, in 1989:

The Galileo probe is launched from the shuttle Atlantis (STS-34R) to Jupiter.

     10 years ago, in 2007:

The Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) space-based telescope is decommisioned.

 19            NEW MOON 

     50 years ago, in 1967:

Mariner 5 flys by Venus.

     9 years ago, in 2008:

NASA launches IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer), to make a map of the boundary between the Solar System and interstellar space.

     3 years ago, in 2014:

Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) passes Mars at a distance of appoximately 17,000 miles (27,000km).

      1 year ago, in 2016:

ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) enters orbit around Mars.

      1 year ago, in 2016:

ESA’s Schiaparelli lander crashes on the surface of Mars.

 20

     42 years ago, in 1975:

Venera 9 is the first craft to orbit Venus.

      1 year ago, in 2016:

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographs the Schiaparelli lander crash site.

 21

     57 years ago, in 1960:

Courier 1B, the first active repeater satellite, fails to respond to ground control.

 22

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Luna 12 is launched to the Moon.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Apollo 7 splashdown.

     42 years ago, in 1975:

Venera 9 lands on and returns the first images from Venus.

     9 years ago, in 2008:

India's first lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1, is successfully launched.

 23            WAXING CRESCENT 

     58 years ago, in 1959:

Explorer 4 burns up in the atmosphere.

     42 years ago, in 1975:

Venera 10 goes into orbit around Venus.

     21 years ago, in 1996:

The Keck II Telescope sees "first light".

     10 years ago, in 2007:

The Harmony Module for the ISS is launched aboard shuttle Discovery (STS-120).

     6 years ago, in 2011:

The ROSAT X-Ray satellite re-enters Earth's atmosphere.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

Orbital Sciences' Cygnus resupply ship demonstration mission deorbits and burns up in the atmosphere.

 24

     166 years ago, in 1851:

William Lassell discovers two moon of Uranus, Ariel and Umbriel.

     60 years ago, in 1957:

The Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar program begins, to be cancelled 6 years (and US$660 million) later.

     39 years ago, in 1978:

The first Czechoslovakian satellite, Magion 1, is successfully launched.

     19 years ago, in 1998:

Deep Space 1, the first ion-driven craft, is launched to test new technologies.

     16 years ago, in 2001:

Mars Odyssey enters orbit around Mars.

     11 years ago, in 2006:

Messenger makes its first Venus flyby.

 25

     346 years ago, in 1671:

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

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Luna 12 goes into orbit around the Moon.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Soyuz 2, an uncrewed spacecraft, is launched to be a docking target for Soyuz 3.

     42 years ago, in 1975:

The Venera 10 lander touches down on Venus.

     10 years ago, in 2007:

Eileen Collins, commander of STS-120, greets commander Peggy Whitson, ISS commander; marking the first time two female commanders are in space together.

 26

     60 years ago, in 1957:

Sputnik 1 ceases sending signals after 22 days when the transmitter batteries run out.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Soyuz 3 is launched for a rendezvous with Soyuz 2, but fails to successfully dock.

     40 years ago, in 1977:

The shuttle Enterprise makes its fifth and final Approach and Landing Test (ALT-16) after being releasd from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

     11 years ago, in 2006:

STEREO A and B (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) are launched for orbit around the Sun.

 27            FIRST QUARTER 

     56 years ago, in 1961:

The Saturn I makes its first (and successful) flight.

     12 years ago, in 2005:

The first Iranian satellite, Sina-1, is successfully launched.

 28

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Soyuz 2, an uncrewed spacecraft, returns to Earth.

     46 years ago, in 1971:

Prospero becomes the first British satellite to be launched successfully by a British Black Arrow rocket.

     43 years ago, in 1974:

Luna 23 (USSR) is launched to the Moon; its designed to return a deep-core sample of the Moon's surface.

     23 years ago, in 1994:

The Japanese probe Sakigake makes its third Earth swingby.

     11 years ago, in 2006:

The Hinode (Solar-B) Solar Observatory takes its first picture of the Sun.

 29

     51 years ago, in 1966:

The Luna 12 pictures, which for the first time are taken by a film process rather than a TV camera, are released by the Soviet press.

     51 years ago, in 1966:

After 577 orbits, Lunar Orbiter 1 is commanded to crash into the far side of the Moon.

     26 years ago, in 1991:

Galileo is the first probe to fly by an asteroid, Gaspra.

     19 years ago, in 1998:

On board shuttle Discovery (STS-95), Pedro Duque becomes the first citizen from Spain to visit space.

     19 years ago, in 1998:

HST Orbital Systems Test (HOST) is flown aboard shuttle Discovery (STS-95) to test new tech for Hubble.

     9 years ago, in 2008:

The first Venezuelan satellite, Venesat-1, is successfully launched.

 30

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Soyuz 3 returns to Earth.

     36 years ago, in 1981:

Venera 13 is launched to Venus.

     32 years ago, in 1985:

On the ninth and final flight of Challenger (STS-61-A), Wubbo Johannes Ockels becomes the first Dutch citizen to visit space.

     3 years ago, in 2014:

The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle completes its first Flight Readiness Review (FRR).

 31            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     17 years ago, in 2000:

Expedition 1, the first ISS Crew, launches from Russia on board Soyuz TM-31.