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New Horizons has been in space for 3905 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 442 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
to Pluto on
July 14, 2015.



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New Horizons Message Initiative August, 2016

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 1            NEW MOON 

     212 years ago, in 1804:

Karl Ludwig Harding of Germany discovers the asteroid Juno.

     54 years ago, in 1962:

The Venera 2MV-1 No.2 atmospheric probe is launched, but its escape stage fails.

     37 years ago, in 1979:

Pioneer 11 is the first probe to visit Saturn.

 2

     46 years ago, in 1970:

Apollo 18 and 19 are cancelled due to budget cuts.

     45 years ago, in 1971:

Luna 18 (USSR) is launched to the Moon; the seventh Soviet attempt to bring back soil from the surface.

     41 years ago, in 1975:

Luna 22's (USSR) propellent is exhausted, ending its lunar orbit mission after 15 months.

 3

     58 years ago, in 1958:

Explorer 4's low-power transmitter fails.

     40 years ago, in 1976:

The Viking 2 lander touches down at Utopia Planitia on Mars.

 4

 5            WAXING CRESCENT 

     39 years ago, in 1977:

Voyager 1 is launched.

     8 years ago, in 2008:

The ESA's Rosetta spacecraft flies by asteroid Steins.

     4 years ago, in 2012:

Dawn leaves the orbit of the asteroid Vesta.

 6

     3 years ago, in 2013:

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is launched.

 7

     45 years ago, in 1971:

Luna 18 (USSR) goes into orbit around the Moon.

 8

     49 years ago, in 1967:

Surveyor 5 is launched for the moon.

     12 years ago, in 2004:

The Genesis spacecraft releases its solar wind sample return capsule, which lands on Earth.

 9            FIRST QUARTER 

     41 years ago, in 1975:

Viking 2 is launched to Mars.

     38 years ago, in 1978:

The Venera 11 probe is launched for Venus.

 10

     5 years ago, in 2011:

The twin GRAIL probes are launched to create a detailed gravity map of the Moon.

 11

     49 years ago, in 1967:

Surveyor 5 lands, and is the first craft to do a soil analysis on the moon, or any other world beyond Earth.

     45 years ago, in 1971:

Luna 18 (USSR) crashes into the Moon and contact is lost.

     31 years ago, in 1985:

International Cometary Explorer (ICE) is the first craft to traverse the plasma tail of a comet (Giacobini-Zinner).

     19 years ago, in 1997:

Mars Global Surveyor reaches Mars and goes into orbit.

 12

     57 years ago, in 1959:

Luna 2 is launched to the Moon.

     54 years ago, in 1962:

The Venera 2MV-2 No.1 probe is launched, but its third stage explodes.

     50 years ago, in 1966:

Gemini XI is launched; reaches record altitude of 739 miles, completes 44 orbits.

     46 years ago, in 1970:

Luna 16 (USSR) is launched to the Moon; the third Soviet attempt to bring back soil from the surface.

 13            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     39 years ago, in 1977:

The shuttle Enterprise makes its second Approach and Landing Test (ALT-13) after being releasd from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

 14

     57 years ago, in 1959:

Luna 2 is the first craft to impact into the Moon.

     45 years ago, in 1971:

Controllers have the last communication with the Lunokhod 1 moon rover.

     38 years ago, in 1978:

The Venera 12 probe is launched for Venus.

 15

     50 years ago, in 1966:

Gemini XI lands back on Earth.

     48 years ago, in 1968:

Zond 5 is launched to circle the Moon and return to Earth; on board are 2 tortoises, flies, worms, plants, and other life.

     26 years ago, in 1990:

The Magellan spacecraft begins its primary mission at Venus; mapping the surface with radar.

 16            FULL MOON 

 17

     227 years ago, in 1789:

William Herschel discovers a moon of Saturn, Mimas.

     46 years ago, in 1970:

Luna 16 (USSR) goes into orbit around the Moon.

     40 years ago, in 1976:

The shuttle Enterprise is rolled out for a dedication ceremony with most of the original Star Trek cast on hand.

 18

     48 years ago, in 1968:

Zond 5 circles the Moon and heads back to Earth.

 19

 20            WANING GIBBOUS 

     50 years ago, in 1966:

Surveyor 2 is launched for the moon.

     46 years ago, in 1970:

Luna 16 (USSR) lands on the Moon's surface and successfully collects a soil sample.

 21

     46 years ago, in 1970:

Luna 16 's upper stage lifts off from the Moon, and heads to Earth with its soil sample.

     42 years ago, in 1974:

Mariner 10 makes its second Mercury flyby.

     13 years ago, in 2003:

The Galileo spacecraft ends its mission and is sent into Jupiter, where it is crushed by atmospheric pressure.

 22

     48 years ago, in 1968:

The Zond 5 reentry capsule lands on Earth; becoming the first spacecraft to circle the Moon and return to Earth, and all its cargo survives.

     15 years ago, in 2001:

Deep Space 1 flies by comet Borrelly.

 23            LAST QUARTER 

     170 years ago, in 1846:

Johann Galle discovers the planet Neptune, based on calculations by Urbain Le Verrier.

     50 years ago, in 1966:

Surveyor 2 loses control due to a malfunctioning thruster and crashes into the moon.

     39 years ago, in 1977:

The shuttle Enterprise makes its third Approach and Landing Test (ALT-14) after being releasd from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

 24

     46 years ago, in 1970:

Luna 16 successfully returns the capsule with the lunar soil sample to Earth.

 25

     43 years ago, in 1973:

After 59 and a half days in orbit, the crew of Skylab 3 return to Earth.

 26

     9 years ago, in 2007:

Deep Impact's orbit is adjusted toward comet Hartley 2.

 27            WANING CRESCENT 

     43 years ago, in 1973:

Soyuz 12, a manned test flight of the newly redesigned 2-person Soyuz 7K-T (in wake of the Soyuz 11 tragedy), is launched.

     19 years ago, in 1997:

Mars Pathfinder/Sojourner sends its last data transmission.

     9 years ago, in 2007:

NASA's solar powered ion engined Dawn spacecraft is launched to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres.

 28

     45 years ago, in 1971:

Luna 19 (USSR) is launched to the Moon.

 29

     54 years ago, in 1962:

Alouette I makes Canada the third nation to launch a satellite (and still orbiting).

     43 years ago, in 1973:

Soyuz 12 lands on Earth after a successful mission.

     39 years ago, in 1977:

The Salyut 6 space station is launched.

     7 years ago, in 2009:

Messenger makes its third Mercury flyby.

 30

     21 years ago, in 1995:

Pioneer 11 sends its last signal to Earth.

 


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