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New Horizons has been in space for 4346 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 883 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
to Pluto on
July 14, 2015.



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New Horizons Message Initiative November, 2017

  December 2017  

January, 2018

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 1

     57 years ago, in 1960:

Korabl-Sputnik 3 or Vostok-1K No. 3 (Sputnik 6), is launched with dogs Pchyolka and Mushka who spend a day in orbit, but their craft is intentionally destroyed due to a navigation error.

     17 years ago, in 2000:

The shuttle Endeavour launches (STS-97), bringing the P6 truss and the first solar arrays to be installed on the ISS.

     17 years ago, in 2000:

Marc Garneau, aboard the shuttle Endeavour (STS-97), returns to space for the third time, and visits the ISS.

 2

     102 years ago, in 1915:

Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity is published.

     46 years ago, in 1971:

Mars 3 (USSR) successfully lands on Mars and though its instruments fail after 20 seconds, it does transmit part of the first surface picture of Mars.

     43 years ago, in 1974:

Pioneer 11 passes Jupiter.

     28 years ago, in 1989:

After 9 years, the Solar Maximum Mission satellite (SolarMax) re-enters the atmosphere and burns up.

     27 years ago, in 1990:

On board the Soyuz TM-11 mission to Mir, Toyohiro Akiyama becomes the first Japanese citizen to visit space.

     24 years ago, in 1993:

Servicing Mission 1 to fix Hubble's flawed optics is launched aboard shuttle Endeavour (STS-61) .

     22 years ago, in 1995:

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is launched to study the Sun.

 3            FULL MOON 

     113 years ago, in 1904:

At the Lick Observatory, Charles D. Perrine discovers Himalia, the largest irregular satellite of Jupiter.

     59 years ago, in 1958:

Control of JPL is transferred from the US Army to NASA.

     52 years ago, in 1965:

Luna 8 is launched to the Moon.

     44 years ago, in 1973:

Pioneer 10 is the first probe to visit Jupiter.

     18 years ago, in 1999:

The Mars Polar Lander crash lands on Mars, ending the mission.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

The Cassini probe obtains the highest ever resolution movie of the hexagon at Saturn's north pole.

     3 years ago, in 2014:

The Japanese Hayabusa 2 sample return mission is launched for asteroid 162173 Ryugu.

     2 years ago, in 2015:

ESA launches the LISA Pathfinder, designed to test technologies for a planned gravitational wave observatory.

 4

     52 years ago, in 1965:

Gemini VII is launched; stays aloft for 14 days, does rendezvous with Gemini VI-A.

     39 years ago, in 1978:

The Pioneer Venus Orbiter goes into orbit around Venus.

     21 years ago, in 1996:

Mars Pathfinder with the first Mars rover, Sojourner, is launched.

     19 years ago, in 1998:

The first shuttle flight to the ISS, made by Endeavour (STS-88), brings the Unity node for the station.

 5

     3 years ago, in 2014:

The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle makes its first uncrewed test flight - Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) - on a Delta IV Heavy rocket.

 6            WANING GIBBOUS 

     60 years ago, in 1957:

Vanguard TV3, the first U.S. attempt to launch a satellite into orbit, blows up on the launchpad.

     59 years ago, in 1958:

Pioneer 3 is launched for a lunar orbit, but fails and burns up in Earths atmosphere.

     52 years ago, in 1965:

Luna 8 crashes into the Moon instead of a soft landing as planned, due to a punctured airbag.

     19 years ago, in 1998:

The Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS) is launched to study interstellar clouds and stellar and planetary formation.

     18 years ago, in 1999:

The General Assembly of the United Nations declares October 4th to 10th World Space Week.

     7 years ago, in 2010:

The Japanese Venus Climate Orbiter, Akatsuki, fails to insert into an orbit around Venus.

     3 years ago, in 2014:

New Horizons is taken out of hibernation for the Pluto encounter.

 7

     49 years ago, in 1968:

OAO-2 (Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 2) is launched with 11 ultraviolet telescopes.

     45 years ago, in 1972:

Apollo 17 launch to land on the moon.

     36 years ago, in 1981:

HEAO-3 (High Energy Astronomy Observatory 3) re-enters and burns up in the Earth's atmosphere.

     22 years ago, in 1995:

The Galileo spacecraft's atmospheric probe enters Jupiters atmosphere.

     16 years ago, in 2001:

The Jason-1 Earth satellite is launched to map sea level, wind speed and wave height.

     2 years ago, in 2015:

After missing insertion the first time and orbiting the Sun for 5 years, the Japanese Akatsuki probe is placed into an elliptical orbit around Venus.

 8

     27 years ago, in 1990:

The Galileo probe makes its first pass by Earth for a gravity assist to Jupiter.

     25 years ago, in 1992:

The Galileo probe makes its second pass by Earth for a gravity assist to Jupiter.

     22 years ago, in 1995:

The Galileo probe goes into orbit around Jupiter.

     17 years ago, in 2000:

After 35 years, contact is made with Pioneer 6 for about two hours.

     7 years ago, in 2010:

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launches on its first test mission (COTS Demo Flight 1), and becomes the first commercially built and operated spacecraft to be recovered from Earth orbit.

     7 years ago, in 2010:

The Japanese solar sail spacecraft, ICAROS, passes by Venus.

 9

     39 years ago, in 1978:

All 5 probes from the Pioneer Venus Multiprobe reach Venus and enter the atmosphere.

     14 years ago, in 2003:

Last contact is made with the Japanese Mars probe, Nozomi.

     11 years ago, in 2006:

The shuttle Discovery (STS-116) launches, bringing the P5 truss segment to the ISS.

 10            LAST QUARTER 

     54 years ago, in 1963:

After 6 years (and US$660 million), the Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar program is cancelled.

     18 years ago, in 1999:

ESA's X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) is launched.

     11 years ago, in 2006:

On board the shuttle Discovery (STS-116), Christer Fuglesang becomes the first Swedish citizen to visit space.

 11

     45 years ago, in 1972:

Apollo 17 lands on the moon.

     29 years ago, in 1988:

Astra 1A becomes the first satellite to be launched and operated by the SES (Societe Europeenne des Satellites).

 12

     56 years ago, in 1961:

OSCAR 1, the first amateur radio satellite, is launched.

     47 years ago, in 1970:

The Uhuru X-ray Explorer Satellite (SAS 1) is launched.

 13

     50 years ago, in 1967:

Pioneer 8 is launched to obtain measurements of interplanetary phenomena.

 14            WANING CRESCENT 

     55 years ago, in 1962:

Mariner 2 flys by Venus, the first successful mission to another planet.

     41 years ago, in 1976:

The Viking 1 orbiter extended mission begins.

     27 years ago, in 1990:

The Canadian Space Agency Act is passed by the Government of Canada.

     24 years ago, in 1993:

Landsat 4 ends its science operations after failing to transmit data.

     16 years ago, in 2001:

The Yohkoh (Solar-A) Solar Observatory goes into safehold mode during an annular eclipse, losing its lock on the Sun.

     8 years ago, in 2009:

The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is launched to study faint objects in space.

 15

     226 years ago, in 1791:

Caroline Herschel discovers her fifth comet, Comet C/1791 X1 (Herschel).

     53 years ago, in 1964:

The first Italian satellite, San Marco 1, is successfully launched.

     52 years ago, in 1965:

Gemini VI-A is launched; completes rendezvous with Gemini VII at distances of 1 to 300 feet.

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Audouin Dollfus discovers one of Saturn's moons, Janus.

     47 years ago, in 1970:

Venera 7 becomes the first craft to make a soft landing on Venus, returning 23 minutes of data.

     33 years ago, in 1984:

The Soviet Vega 1 probe is launched to release a balloon and lander on Venus, then continue on to Halley's Comet.

     7 years ago, in 2010:

Mars Odyssey breaks record for longest lived spacecraft at Mars (3340 days).

 16

     52 years ago, in 1965:

Gemini VI-A lands back on Earth.

     52 years ago, in 1965:

Pioneer 6 is launched to obtain measurements of interplanetary phenomena.

     39 years ago, in 1978:

Canada's Anik B1 communications satellite is launched.

     6 years ago, in 2011:

Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) passes through the Sun's corona and emerges intact.

     3 years ago, in 2014:

ESA announces that the Venus Express mission is over.

 17

     114 years ago, in 1903:

The Wright brothers make the first powered flight.

     60 years ago, in 1957:

The U.S. successfully test-fires the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.

     5 years ago, in 2012:

The twin GRAIL probes are purposely crashed into the northern hemisphere of the Moon.

 18            NEW MOON 

     59 years ago, in 1958:

Project SCORE is launched by DARPA, becoming the world’s first communications satellite.

     52 years ago, in 1965:

Gemini VII lands back on Earth.

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Richard Walker discovers one of Saturn's moons, Epimetheus.

     44 years ago, in 1973:

Soyuz 13, along with the Orion 2 Space Observatory (a UV telescope), is launched.

     24 years ago, in 1993:

Thailand's first satellite, Thaicom 1, is successfully launched.

     16 years ago, in 2001:

Deep Space 1 ends its mission.

     2 years ago, in 2015:

Cassini makes its last flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

 19

     45 years ago, in 1972:

Apollo 17 splashdown.

     18 years ago, in 1999:

Servicing Mission 3A is launched aboard shuttle Discovery (STS-103) to fix Hubble's 6 failed gyroscopes, and other upgrades.

     14 years ago, in 2003:

The European Mars Express ejects the Beagle 2 lander.

     5 years ago, in 2012:

Chris Hadfield goes to space for the third time aboard Soyuz TMA-07M to the ISS.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

ESA launches the GAIA astrometry observatory, designed to map part of the galaxy in 3D.

 20

     4 years ago, in 2013:

The first Bolivian satellite, Tupac Katari 1 (TKSat 1), is successfully launched.

 21

     229 years ago, in 1788:

Caroline Herschel discovers her second comet, Comet 35P/Herschel-Rigollet.

     52 years ago, in 1965:

OSCAR 4, the fourth amateur radio satellite, is launched.

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Luna 13 is launched to the Moon.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Launch of the first manned mission to orbit the moon (Apollo 8 test flight - no LM).

     39 years ago, in 1978:

The Venera 12 probe lands on Venus, where it survives for 110 minutes, and records what is thought to be lightning.

     33 years ago, in 1984:

The Soviet Vega 2 probe is launched to release a balloon and lander on Venus, then continue on to Halley's Comet.

 22            WAXING CRESCENT 

     57 years ago, in 1960:

The Soviet dogs Damka and Krasavka are launched aboard an R2-A for an orbital flight; but the mission fails, though both dogs survive.

     52 years ago, in 1965:

OSCAR 4, an amateur radio satellite, delivers the first direct satellite communication between the United States and the USSR.

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Apollo 2 is cancelled; deemed unnecessary.

     34 years ago, in 1983:

International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) is renamed International Cometary Explorer (ICE) and enters heliocentric orbit.

 23

     345 years ago, in 1672:

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

     24 years ago, in 1993:

COBE's instrument operations are terminated.

     13 years ago, in 2004:

Cassini launches the Huygens probe for a landing on Titan.

 24

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Luna 13 makes the second survivable landing on the Moon for the Soviets.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Apollo 8 goes into lunar orbit, and the crew read the first 10 verses from the Book of Genesis.

     38 years ago, in 1979:

The CAT-1 is the first satellite launched by the ESA on their own rocket, the Ariane 1.

 25

     44 years ago, in 1973:

Astronauts aboard Skylab take photos of Comet Kohoutek during an EVA.

     39 years ago, in 1978:

The Venera 11 probe lands on Venus, where it survives for 95 minutes.

     14 years ago, in 2003:

The European Mars Express enters orbit around Mars.

     14 years ago, in 2003:

Beagle 2 lands on Mars, but contact with it fails.

 26            FIRST QUARTER 

     44 years ago, in 1973:

After almost 8 days in orbit, Soyuz 13 returns to Earth.

     43 years ago, in 1974:

The Salyut 4 space station is launched.

 27

     57 years ago, in 1960:

Last contact is made with Explorer 8.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Apollo 8 splashdown.

 28

     51 years ago, in 1966:

The Luna 13 mission ends when contact is lost.

     17 years ago, in 2000:

The Galileo spacecraft flies by Jupiters moon Ganymede.

 29            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     44 years ago, in 1973:

Astronauts aboard Skylab take photos of Comet Kohoutek as it appears from behind the sun during an EVA.

 30

     32 years ago, in 1985:

Puck, a moon of Uranus, is discovered by the Voyager 2 spacecraft.

     17 years ago, in 2000:

Cassini makes a pass by Jupiter for a gravity assist to Saturn.

 31

     14 years ago, in 2003:

Operation is terminated with the Japanese Mars probe, Nozomi, due to electrical failures.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

The Dawn probe passes the halfway mark from Vesta to Ceres.