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New Horizons has been in space for 3781 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 318 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
to Pluto on
July 14, 2015.



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 1

     20 years ago, in 1996:

The Ulysses spacecraft crosses the ion tail of Comet Hyakutake.

 2

 3            WANING CRESCENT 

 4

     49 years ago, in 1967:

The Lunar Orbiter 4 probe is launched.

     27 years ago, in 1989:

The Magellan spacecraft is brought into orbit aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis during mission STS-30.

 5

     55 years ago, in 1961:

Alan Shepard is the first American to be in a suborbital flight around the Earth (Mercury/Freedom 7).

     27 years ago, in 1989:

The Magellan spacecraft is launched to Venus from Space Shuttle Atlantis.

     22 years ago, in 1994:

The Clementine lunar probe leaves lunar orbit to fly by asteroid Geographos.

 6            NEW MOON 

 7

     53 years ago, in 1963:

Telstar 2 is launched.

     22 years ago, in 1994:

The Clementine lunar probe has a computer malfunction on its way to asteroid Geographos, thus ending the mission.

 8

     49 years ago, in 1967:

Lunar Orbiter 4 becomes the first spacecraft to go into a polar orbit around the Moon.

 9

     51 years ago, in 1965:

Luna 5 is launched to the Moon.

     43 years ago, in 1973:

The Lunokhod 2 (USSR) moon rover rolls into a crater, where dust covers its solar panels.

     13 years ago, in 2003:

The Japanese Hayabusa spacecraft is launched for asteroid Itokawa.

 10            WAXING CRESCENT 

 11

     7 years ago, in 2009:

Servicing Mission 4 is launched aboard shuttle Atlantis to install on Hubble the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

 12

     51 years ago, in 1965:

Luna 5 crashes into the Moon, instead of a soft landing as planned.

 13            FIRST QUARTER 

     56 years ago, in 1960:

The original Echo 1, a metalized balloon passive-communications satellite, is launched, but the rocket explodes after lift-off.

 14

     52 years ago, in 1964:

Communications fail for the Venus-bound Zond 1 spacecraft.

     43 years ago, in 1973:

The first U.S. spacestation, Skylab, is launched, but loses one solar panel and jams the other.

     7 years ago, in 2009:

Herschel and the Planck observatory are launched together.

 15

     59 years ago, in 1957:

The first launch of a Soviet R-7 Semyorka leads to an unintended crash 400 km (250 mi) from the launch site.

     58 years ago, in 1958:

Sputnik 3 is launched to explore the upper atmosphere and near space.

     53 years ago, in 1963:

Mercury/Faith 7, the last Mercury mission, orbits the earth 22 times, with astronaut L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.

     25 years ago, in 1991:

The Magellan spacecraft begins its secondary mission at Venus; filling in the gaps from the primary mapping mission.

 16

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Venera 5 reaches Venus and sends a probe into the atmosphere; it returns data for 53 minutes.

     18 years ago, in 1998:

The ISO (Infrared Space Observatory) mission is officially ended.

 17            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Venera 6 reaches Venus and sends a probe into the atmosphere; it returns data for 51 minutes.

 18

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Apollo 10 launch, complete spacecraft (LM & CM).

 19

     55 years ago, in 1961:

Venera 1 is the first craft to fly by Venus, though contact is lost.

     45 years ago, in 1971:

The Soviet Mars 2 spacecraft is launched.

     20 years ago, in 1996:

Marc Garneau, aboard the shuttle Endeavour, is the first Canadian to return to space.

 20

     38 years ago, in 1978:

The Pioneer Venus Orbiter is launched.

     21 years ago, in 1995:

The Spektr (Power Module) is launched to be a part of the Mir space station.

     16 years ago, in 2000:

The Galileo spacecraft flies by Jupiters moon Ganymede at a range of 809 km (503 miles).

     6 years ago, in 2010:

The Japanese Venus Climate Orbiter, Akatsuki, and the first ever solar sail craft, ICAROS, are launched from the Tanegashima Space Center.

 21            FULL MOON 

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Apollo 10 enters lunar orbit, circles the moon 31 times, tests LM separation.

 22

 23

     58 years ago, in 1958:

Explorer 1 makes its final transmission.

 24

     54 years ago, in 1962:

Mercury/Aurora 7 orbits the earth with astronaut Scott M. Carpenter.

     48 years ago, in 1968:

Echo 1A re-enters Earth's atmosphere and burns up.

     41 years ago, in 1975:

Soyuz 18 is launched to the Salyut 4 space station.

     40 years ago, in 1976:

Ariel 1, the first British satellite, burns up in the atmosphere.

 25            WANING GIBBOUS 

     55 years ago, in 1961:

President Kennedy makes his famous "Moon speech".

     43 years ago, in 1973:

Skylab 2, the first manned mission to Skylab, is launched to repair the solar panels.

     15 years ago, in 2001:

The Galileo spacecraft flies by the surface of Jupiters moon Calisto at 138 km (86 miles), closer than any previous encounter.

     8 years ago, in 2008:

Phoenix Mars Mission lands at Green Valley in Vastitas Borealis, near the north polar cap.

     5 years ago, in 2011:

Mars Rover "Spirit" mission ends after 7 years.

 26

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Apollo 10 splashdown.

 27

     17 years ago, in 1999:

Julie Payette, aboard the shuttle Discovery, is the first Canadian to visit the ISS.

     7 years ago, in 2009:

Robert Thirsk is the first Canadian to go to space on a Russian vehicle (Soyuz-FG).

 28

     45 years ago, in 1971:

The Soviet Mars 3 spacecraft is launched.

     43 years ago, in 1973:

The Salyut 2 space station burns up in Earth's atmosphere after 54 days in orbit.

 29            LAST QUARTER 

     42 years ago, in 1974:

Luna 22 (USSR) is launched to the Moon.

 30

     50 years ago, in 1966:

Surveyor 1 is launched for the moon.

     45 years ago, in 1971:

Mariner 9 is launched to Mars.

 31

     58 years ago, in 1958:

Explorer 1 burns up in the atmosphere.

     26 years ago, in 1990:

The Kristall (Technology Module) is launched to be a part of the Mir space station.

       


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