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New Horizons has been in space for 4416 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 953 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
to Pluto on
July 14, 2015.



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 1

     217 years ago, in 1801:

Giuseppe Piazzi of Italy discovers the largest asteroid, Ceres.

     44 years ago, in 1974:

Pioneer 10 begins the Pioneer Interstellar Mission.

 2            FULL MOON 

     59 years ago, in 1959:

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

     14 years ago, in 2004:

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

 3

     56 years ago, in 1962:

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

     32 years ago, in 1986:

Juliet and Portia, two moons of Uranus, are discovered by the Voyager 2 spacecraft.

     19 years ago, in 1999:

The Mars Polar Lander is launched from Cape Canaveral.

     5 years ago, in 2013:

Robert H. McNaught at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia discovers Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring).

 4

     60 years ago, in 1958:

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

     59 years ago, in 1959:

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

     29 years ago, in 1989:

4179 Toutatis, a lost asteroid (object 1934 CT), is rediscovered by French astronomer Christian Pollas at Caussols.

     14 years ago, in 2004:

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

 5            WANING GIBBOUS 

     113 years ago, in 1905:

At the Lick Observatory, Charles D. Perrine discovers Elara, the eighth largest moon of Jupiter.

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Venera 5 is launched for Venus.

     13 years ago, in 2005:

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

 6

     40 years ago, in 1978:

Landsat 1 is deactivated, due to overheating.

 7

     408 years ago, in 1610:

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

     228 years ago, in 1790:

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

     130 years ago, in 1888:

James Edward Keeler is the first to view what is known as the Encke Gap in Saturn's A ring, using the 36 inch telescope at Lick Observatory.

     50 years ago, in 1968:

Surveyor 7 is launched for the moon.

     33 years ago, in 1985:

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

     20 years ago, in 1998:

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

     19 years ago, in 1999:

Beacon contact is lost with the Japanese probe Sakigake.

     14 years ago, in 2004:

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

 8            LAST QUARTER 

     376 years ago, in 1642:

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

     45 years ago, in 1973:

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

     26 years ago, in 1992:

The Japanese probe Sakigake makes its first Earth swingby.

 9

     32 years ago, in 1986:

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

     10 years ago, in 2008:

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

     4 years ago, in 2014:

Lituanica SAT-1 and LitSat-1, the two first Lithuanian satellites, are launched together, bound for the ISS.

 10

     408 years ago, in 1610:

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

     50 years ago, in 1968:

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

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Venera 6 is launched for Venus.

 11

     231 years ago, in 1787:

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

     43 years ago, in 1975:

Soyuz 17 is launched to the Salyut 4 space station.

 12            WANING CRESCENT 

     111 years ago, in 1907:

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

     45 years ago, in 1973:

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

     13 years ago, in 2005:

Deep Impact is launched for Comet Tempel 1.

 13

     408 years ago, in 1610:

Galileo discovers the fourth "Galilean" moon of Jupiter.

     32 years ago, in 1986:

The Voyager 2 spacecraft discovers three moons of Uranus; Belinda, Desdemona and Rosalind.

 14

     52 years ago, in 1966:

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

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 4 is launched for a rendezvous with Soyuz 5.

     13 years ago, in 2005:

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

     10 years ago, in 2008:

Messenger makes its first Mercury flyby.

     8 years ago, in 2010:

The WISE space telescope starts its official sky survey.

 15

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 5 is launched for a rendezvous with Soyuz 4.

     45 years ago, in 1973:

Luna 21 lands on the Moon.

     42 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.

     12 years ago, in 2006:

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

     3 years ago, in 2015:

New Horizons begins its approach phase to Pluto.

 16

     49 years ago, in 1969:

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

     45 years ago, in 1973:

Luna 21 releases the Lunokhod 2 rover.

     15 years ago, in 2003:

On board the ill-fated shuttle Columbia (STS-107), Ilan Ramon becomes the first Israeli citizen to visit space.

 17            NEW MOON 

     232 years ago, in 1786:

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

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 4 returns to Earth.

 18

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 5 returns to Earth.

 19

     53 years ago, in 1965:

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

     51 years ago, in 1967:

The Luna 12 mission ends when contact is lost.

     12 years ago, in 2006:

The New Horizons probe is launched to Pluto.

 20

     40 years ago, in 1978:

Progress 1, a Soviet unmanned Progress cargo spacecraft, is launched on its maiden flight to Salyut 6.

     32 years ago, in 1986:

Cordelia and Ophelia, two moons of Uranus, are discovered by the Voyager 2 spacecraft.

 21            WAXING CRESCENT 

     59 years ago, in 1959:

The Project SCORE communications satellite burns up in Earths atmosphere.

     26 years ago, in 1992:

After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Kosmos 2175 is the first satellite to be launched by the Russian Federation.

     4 years ago, in 2014:

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

 22

     50 years ago, in 1968:

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

     43 years ago, in 1975:

Landsat 2 is launched.

     40 years ago, in 1978:

Progress 1 docks with the Salyut 6 space station.

     28 years ago, in 1990:

The first Argentinean satellite, LUSAT, is successfully launched.

     26 years ago, in 1992:

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

 23

     32 years ago, in 1986:

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

     20 years ago, in 1998:

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

     18 years ago, in 2000:

The Cassini space probe flies by and photographs asteroid 2685 Masursky.

     15 years ago, in 2003:

Pioneer 10 sends its last signal to Earth.

 24            FIRST QUARTER 

     43 years ago, in 1975:

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

     32 years ago, in 1986:

Voyager 2 is the first probe to visit Uranus.

     28 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

     54 years ago, in 1964:

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

     35 years ago, in 1983:

The first infrared telescope, IRAS, is launched.

     24 years ago, in 1994:

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

     14 years ago, in 2004:

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

 26

     69 years ago, in 1949:

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

     56 years ago, in 1962:

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

 27

     110 years ago, in 1908:

Pasiphae, the largest retrograde moon of Jupiter, is discovered by Philibert Jacques Melotte.

     51 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            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     69 years ago, in 1949:

The first flight for X-ray research is made with a U.S. launched V-2, and it detects X-rays from the Sun.

     32 years ago, in 1986:

The shuttle Challenger (STS-51-L) explodes after lift-off, killing all 7 aboard, including the first civilian to go to space.

 29

     29 years ago, in 1989:

Phobos 2 enters orbit around Mars.

 30

     54 years ago, in 1964:

Ranger 6 is launched to the moon.

     49 years ago, in 1969:

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

 31           BLUE MOON 

     233 years ago, in 1785:

NGC 2359 (Thor’s Helmet), a bright nebula in the constellation Canis Major, is discovered by William Herschel.

     60 years ago, in 1958:

The first successful U.S. satellite, Explorer 1, is launched and discovers the Van Allen radiation belts.

     57 years ago, in 1961:

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

     56 years ago, in 1962:

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

     52 years ago, in 1966:

Luna 9 is launched to the Moon.

     50 years ago, in 1968:

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

     47 years ago, in 1971:

Apollo 14 launch to land on the moon.

     22 years ago, in 1996:

Comet Hyakutake (C/1996 B2) is discovered by Yuji Hyakutake.