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New Horizons has been in space for 4016 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 553 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
to Pluto on
July 14, 2015.



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 1

     216 years ago, in 1801:

Giuseppe Piazzi of Italy discovers the asteroid Ceres.

 2            WAXING CRESCENT 

     58 years ago, in 1959:

Luna 1 is the first craft to reach Earth escape velocity or Trans Lunar Injection .

     13 years ago, in 2004:

Stardust flies within 236km of comet Wild 2 and captures particles in its aerogel collector.

 3

     55 years ago, in 1962:

OSCAR 1, the first amateur radio satellite, ceases communication.

     18 years ago, in 1999:

The Mars Polar Lander is launched from Cape Canaveral.

 4

     59 years ago, in 1958:

Sputnik 1 burns up after re-entering Earth's atmosphere.

     58 years ago, in 1959:

Luna 1 misses the moon, and is the first craft to go into orbit around the sun.

     13 years ago, in 2004:

Mars Rover "Spirit" lands at Gusev Crater on Mars.

 5            FIRST QUARTER 

     48 years ago, in 1969:

Venera 5 is launched for Venus.

     12 years ago, in 2005:

Mike Brown and his team at Palomar Observatory discover Eris, three times further out than Pluto.

 6

     39 years ago, in 1978:

Landsat 1 is deactivated, due to overheating.

 7

     407 years ago, in 1610:

Galileo sees three of the four "Galilean" moons of Jupiter for the first time through a telescope.

     227 years ago, in 1790:

Caroline Herschel discovers her third comet, Comet C/1790 A1 (Herschel).

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Surveyor 7 is launched for the moon.

     32 years ago, in 1985:

Sakigake (MS-T5), Japan's first deep space probe, is launched from the Kagoshima Space Center.

     19 years ago, in 1998:

NASA's Lunar Prospector is launched for a low lunar polar orbit to study the Moon.

     18 years ago, in 1999:

Beacon contact is lost with the Japanese probe Sakigake.

     13 years ago, in 2004:

The Mars Express probe makes the first attempt to contact Beagle 2, but fails.

 8

     375 years ago, in 1642:

Galileo Galilei dies at age 77 in Arcetri, Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Italy.

     44 years ago, in 1973:

The Luna 21/Lunokhod 2 rover combo is launched to the Moon.

     25 years ago, in 1992:

The Japanese probe Sakigake makes its first Earth swingby.

 9            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     9 years ago, in 2008:

Supernova SN 2008D is detected as it occurs with NASA's Swift X-ray telescope in galaxy NGC 2770.

 10

     407 years ago, in 1610:

Galileo noticies one of the three "galilean" moons has disappeared; leading to his belief they were moons.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Surveyor 7 lands on the moon in the lunar highland region.

     48 years ago, in 1969:

Venera 6 is launched for Venus.

 11

     230 years ago, in 1787:

William Herschel discovers two moons of Uranus, Oberon and Titania.

     42 years ago, in 1975:

Soyuz 17 is launched to the Salyut 4 space station.

 12            FULL MOON 

     110 years ago, in 1907:

Sergei Korolev, the Soviet "chief designer", is born in Zhytomyr, Russian Empire.

     44 years ago, in 1973:

Luna 21 (USSR) goes into orbit around the Moon.

     12 years ago, in 2005:

Deep Impact is launched for comet Tempel 1.

 13

     407 years ago, in 1610:

Galileo discovers the fourth "Galilean" moon of Jupiter.

 14

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Sergei Korolev, Russia's "Chief Designer", dies at age 59 in Moscow, Russia.

     48 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 4 is launched for a rendezvous with Soyuz 5.

     12 years ago, in 2005:

The Huygens probe lands on Titan; first landing on an outer solar system body.

     9 years ago, in 2008:

Messenger makes its first Mercury flyby.

 15            WANING GIBBOUS 

     48 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 5 is launched for a rendezvous with Soyuz 4.

     44 years ago, in 1973:

Luna 21 lands on the Moon.

     41 years ago, in 1976:

Helios 2 is launched to study solar plasma, the solar wind, cosmic rays and dust, and flies to within 44 million km of the Sun.

     11 years ago, in 2006:

Stardust returns to Earth a capsule filled with the particles it captured in its aerogel collector from comet Wild 2.

     2 years ago, in 2015:

New Horizons begins its approach phase to Pluto.

 16

     48 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 5 docks with Soyuz 4; the two craft are joined for 4 hours, 35 minutes.

     44 years ago, in 1973:

Luna 21 releases the Lunokhod 2 rover.

 17

     231 years ago, in 1786:

Comet 2P/Encke is first viewed by French astronomer Pierre Mechain.

     48 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 4 returns to Earth.

 18

     48 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 5 returns to Earth.

 19            LAST QUARTER 

     52 years ago, in 1965:

Gemini 2 (unmanned) is launched; suborbital flight to test heat shield.

     50 years ago, in 1967:

The Luna 12 mission ends when contact is lost.

     11 years ago, in 2006:

The New Horizons probe is launched to Pluto.

 20

     39 years ago, in 1978:

Progress 1, a Soviet unmanned Progress cargo spacecraft, is launched on its maiden flight.

 21

     58 years ago, in 1959:

The Project SCORE communications satellite burns up in Earths atmosphere.

     3 years ago, in 2014:

Supernova SN 2014J is discovered in the 'Cigar Galaxy' (M82).

 22

     49 years ago, in 1968:

First test of the Apollo Lunar Module in space (Apollo 5 - unmanned test flight).

     42 years ago, in 1975:

Landsat 2 is launched.

     39 years ago, in 1978:

Progress 1 docks with the Salyut 6 space station.

     25 years ago, in 1992:

Roberta Bondar, aboard the shuttle Discovery, becomes the first Canadian woman in space.

 23

     19 years ago, in 1998:

The NEAR Shoemaker probe flies by Earth for a gravity assis to NEA Eros.

     14 years ago, in 2003:

Pioneer 10 sends its last signal to Earth.

 24            WANING CRESCENT 

     42 years ago, in 1975:

The Salyut 3 space station burns up in Earth's atmosphere after 213 days in orbit.

     31 years ago, in 1986:

Voyager 2 is the first probe to visit Uranus.

     27 years ago, in 1990:

Japan launches the Hiten moon probe; the first moon probe launched by a country other than the U.S.A. Or the U.S.S.R.

 25

     53 years ago, in 1964:

Echo 2, a metalized balloon passive-communications satellite, is launched.

     34 years ago, in 1983:

The first infrared telescope, IRAS, is launched.

     23 years ago, in 1994:

Clementine is launched to the Moon; first U.S. lanar mission in over two decades.

     13 years ago, in 2004:

Mars Rover "Opportunity" lands at Terra Meridiani on Mars.

 26

     68 years ago, in 1949:

The 200-inch Hale Telescope sees "first light".

     55 years ago, in 1962:

Ranger 3 is launched to the moon, but misses it and settles into a heliocentric orbit.

 27

     50 years ago, in 1967:

Astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee lose their lives when a fire sweeps through the command module (Apollo 1).

 28            NEW MOON 

     31 years ago, in 1986:

The shuttle Challenger explodes after lift-off, killing all 7 aboard, including the first civilian to go to space.

 29

     28 years ago, in 1989:

Phobos 2 enters orbit around Mars.

 30

     53 years ago, in 1964:

Ranger 6 is launched to the moon.

     48 years ago, in 1969:

ISIS-I, a Canadian research satellite to explore the ionosphere, is launched.

 31            WAXING CRESCENT 

     59 years ago, in 1958:

The first successful U.S. satellite, Explorer 1, is launched.

     56 years ago, in 1961:

Mercury-Redstone 2 (MR-2) is launched with Ham the chimp.

     55 years ago, in 1962:

OSCAR 1, the first amateur radio satellite, burns up in re-entry.

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Luna 9 is launched to the Moon.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

NASA's Lunar Orbiter 5 is commanded to crash into the surface of the moon.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

After 183 days, Lunar Orbiter 5 is deliberately crashed into the Moon.

     46 years ago, in 1971:

Apollo 14 launch to land on the moon.

       


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