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New Horizons has been in space for 3845 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 382 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
to Pluto on
July 14, 2015.



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New Horizons Message Initiative June, 2016

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 1            WANING CRESCENT 

     55 years ago, in 1961:

Explorer 6 burns up in the atmosphere.

     3 years ago, in 2013:

The Jason-1 Earth satellite is decommissioned after its last transmitter fails.

 2

     57 years ago, in 1959:

The Soviet dogs Lisa and Ryzhik, and a rabbit named Marfusha, are launched aboard an R2-A for a sub-orbital flight, and survive.

     31 years ago, in 1985:

The Giotto probe is launched by ESA to study Halley's Comet.

 3

     42 years ago, in 1974:

Soyuz 14 is launched, the only successful spaceflight to the Salyut 3 space station.

     21 years ago, in 1995:

The Japanese probe Sakigake makes its fourth and last Earth swingby.

     11 years ago, in 2005:

Deep Impact releases an impactor aimed at comet Tempel 1.

     9 years ago, in 2007:

Stardust is given an extended mission, NExT, to re-visit comet Tempel 1 (first visit was Deep Impact).

 4            NEW MOON 

     48 years ago, in 1968:

NASA launches Radio Astronomy Explorer A from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

     34 years ago, in 1982:

STS-4 lands at Edwards Air Force Base, the fourth and final orbital test flight of the Shuttle.

     19 years ago, in 1997:

Mars Pathfinder/Sojourner lands at Ares Vallis flood plain on Mars.

     11 years ago, in 2005:

Deep Impact's impactor reaches the surface of comet Tempel 1.

     10 years ago, in 2006:

STS-121 with shuttle Discovery becomes the first and only Independence Day launch.

       This year:

The Juno probe arrives at Jupiter.

 5

 6

     40 years ago, in 1976:

Soyuz 21 is launched to the Salyut 5 space station.

 7

     13 years ago, in 2003:

Mars Rover "Opportunity" is launched.

 8            WAXING CRESCENT 

     5 years ago, in 2011:

The final space shuttle flight, STS-135 (Atlantis), is launched.

 9

     37 years ago, in 1979:

Voyager 2 flies by Jupiter.

 10

     54 years ago, in 1962:

Telstar 1 is launched, becoming the first privately sponsored space launch (AT&T).

     24 years ago, in 1992:

The Giotto probe passes Comet Grigg-Skjellerup at a distance of 200 km (124 miles); the first craft to do a close flyby of two comets.

     6 years ago, in 2010:

The ESA's Rosetta spacecraft flies by asteroid Lutetia.

 11

     37 years ago, in 1979:

Skylab burns up in the Earth's atmosphere.

     20 years ago, in 1996:

Pioneer 6 is commanded to switch to its backup primary transmitter, and the signal is re-acquired.

 12            FIRST QUARTER 

 13

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Luna 15 is launched to the Moon; the second Soviet attempt to bring back soil from the surface.

     21 years ago, in 1995:

Galileo releases its atmospheric entry probe to study Jupiters atmosphere.

 14

     49 years ago, in 1967:

Surveyor 4 is launched for the moon.

      1 year ago, in 2015:

New Horizons becomes the first spacecraft to visit Pluto.

 15

     51 years ago, in 1965:

Mariner 4 makes its closest approach to Mars, taking the first photos of another planet from space.

     44 years ago, in 1972:

Pioneer 10 is the first probe to enter the Asteroid Belt.

     7 years ago, in 2009:

Julie Payette, aboard the shuttle Endeavour (STS-127), is the first Canadian woman to return to space.

 16            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     52 years ago, in 1964:

Zond 1 passes by Venus, though no data is sent due to a faulty transmitter.

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Apollo 11 launch to land on the moon.

 17

     49 years ago, in 1967:

Contact is lost with Surveyor 4 just 2.5 minutes before crashing on the moon.

     49 years ago, in 1967:

Contact is lost with Lunar Orbiter 4.

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Luna 15 goes into orbit around the Moon.

     41 years ago, in 1975:

First USA/USSR docking of an Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft.

     5 years ago, in 2011:

Dawn goes into orbit around the asteroid Vesta.

 18

     51 years ago, in 1965:

Zond 3 is launched and sent towards the orbit of Mars as a spacecraft test, passing the Moon first.

     50 years ago, in 1966:

Gemini X is launched; completes rendezvous with Agena Target Vehicle from Gemini VIII, and 43 orbits.

 19            FULL MOON 

     49 years ago, in 1967:

Explorer 35 is launched to study interplanetary space phenomena near the Moon.

     42 years ago, in 1974:

Soyuz 14 leaves the Salyut 3 space station and lands on Earth.

 20

     51 years ago, in 1965:

Zond 3 goes past the Moon, and heads for the orbit of Mars.

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Apollo 11 lands on the moon, "one small step…".

     40 years ago, in 1976:

The Viking 1 lander touches down at Chryse Planitia on Mars.

 21

     55 years ago, in 1961:

Second U.S. suborbital flight, with astronaut Virgil I. Grissom (Mercury/Liberty Bell 7).

     50 years ago, in 1966:

Gemini X lands back on Earth.

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Luna 15 crashes into the Moon and contact is lost.

     43 years ago, in 1973:

The Soviet Mars 4 spacecraft is launched.

 22

     65 years ago, in 1951:

Dezik and Tsygan, launched aboard a Soviet R1, are the first dogs to make a sub-orbital flight (both survived).

     44 years ago, in 1972:

The Venera 8 probe lands on Venus, where it survives for 50 minutes.

 23            WANING GIBBOUS 

     54 years ago, in 1962:

Telstar 1 broadcasts the first live television transmissions from the United States and France.

     24 years ago, in 1992:

The Giotto probe's mission is ended.

     17 years ago, in 1999:

The Chandra X-ray Observatory is launched on STS-93.

 24

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Apollo 11 splashdown.

 25

     43 years ago, in 1973:

The Soviet Mars 5 spacecraft is launched.

     38 years ago, in 1978:

Viking Orbiter 2 ends its mission at Mars.

     32 years ago, in 1984:

On her second trip to Salyut 7, Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to perform a spacewalk.

 26            LAST QUARTER 

     58 years ago, in 1958:

Explorer 4 is launched for further study of the Van Allen Belts.

     45 years ago, in 1971:

Apollo 15 launch to land on the moon.

     41 years ago, in 1975:

After 63 days, Soyuz 18 leaves the Salyut 4 space station and lands on Earth.

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     56 years ago, in 1960:

The Soviet dogs Bars and Lisichka are launched for an orbital flight; but die after their rocket explodes 28.5 seconds into the launch.

     52 years ago, in 1964:

Ranger 7 is launched to the moon.

     43 years ago, in 1973:

Skylab 3, the second manned mission to Skylab, is launched.

 29

     58 years ago, in 1958:

The National Aeronautics and Space Act (NASA) is passed.

     17 years ago, in 1999:

Deep Space 1 flies within 17 miles of asteroid 9969 Braille.

 30            WANING CRESCENT 

     51 years ago, in 1965:

After 10 launches and no failures, the Saturn I is retired.

     45 years ago, in 1971:

Apollo 15 lands on the moon.

 31

     52 years ago, in 1964:

Ranger 7 sends back 4,316 pictures before crashing into the lunar surface.

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Mariner 6 makes its closest approach to Mars.

           


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