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New Horizons has been in space for 4291 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 828 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
to Pluto on
July 14, 2015.



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New Horizons Message Initiative October, 2017

  November 2017  

December, 2017

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 1

     55 years ago, in 1962:

The Soviet Mars 1(2MV-4) is launched, though communication is lost before the craft passes Mars.

     23 years ago, in 1994:

The NASA WIND satellite is launched to study radio waves and plasma in the solar wind.

 2

     440 years ago, in 1577:

Peruvian observers are the first to view the Great Comet of 1577 (C/1577 V1).

     100 years ago, in 1917:

The 100-inch Hooker Telescope sees "first light".

     43 years ago, in 1974:

Luna 23 (USSR) goes into orbit around the Moon.

     17 years ago, in 2000:

Expedition 1, the first ISS Crew, arrives at the station on board Soyuz TM-31.

     15 years ago, in 2002:

Stardust flies by asteroid Annefrank on its way to Comet Wild 2.

     9 years ago, in 2008:

Phoenix Mars Mission makes its final contact with Earth.

 3

     60 years ago, in 1957:

The Soviets launch Sputnik 2, with the first animal in orbit, the dog Laika (Barker).

     57 years ago, in 1960:

Explorer 8 is launched and confirms the existence of a helium layer in the upper atmosphere.

     44 years ago, in 1973:

Mariner 10 is launched to Mercury.

 4            FULL MOON 

     36 years ago, in 1981:

Venera 14 is launched to Venus.

     21 years ago, in 1996:

The High Energy Transient Explorer (HETE), designed for multiwavelength study of gamma-ray bursts, is lost on launch.

     7 years ago, in 2010:

Deep Impact (EPOXI mission) flies by Comet Hartley 2.

 5

     41 years ago, in 1976:

The Viking 1 orbiter primary mission ends.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

India's Mars Orbiter Mission, Mangalyaan, is launched.

 6

     51 years ago, in 1966:

NASA's Lunar Orbiter 2 is launched to photograph the moon.

     43 years ago, in 1974:

Luna 23 lands on the Moon, though the lander's drilling device is damaged during landing which prevents a sampling.

     20 years ago, in 1997:

The Galileo probe flies by Europa, one of Jupiters moons.

 7            WANING GIBBOUS 

     50 years ago, in 1967:

Surveyor 6 is launched for the moon.

     21 years ago, in 1996:

Mars Global Surveyor is launched.

 8

     59 years ago, in 1958:

Able 3 (Pioneer 2) is launched for lunar orbit, but a booster malfunction causes it to get stranded in Earth orbit.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Pioneer 9 is launched to obtain measurements of interplanetary phenomena.

     48 years ago, in 1969:

The first German satellite, Azur, is successfully launched by West Germany.

     33 years ago, in 1984:

Canada's Anik D2 communications satellite is deployed from shuttle Discovery (STS-51-A).

     9 years ago, in 2008:

India's first lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1, is successfully inserted into lunar orbit.

 9

     50 years ago, in 1967:

First Saturn V launch (Apollo 4 - unmanned test flight).

     12 years ago, in 2005:

The ESA's Venus Express is launched.

 10            LAST QUARTER 

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Lunar Orbiter 2 goes into orbit around the Moon.

     50 years ago, in 1967:

Surveyor 6 lands on the moon.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Zond 6 is launched to the Moon from a parent satellite in Earth orbit.

     47 years ago, in 1970:

The Luna 17/Lunokhod 1 rover combo is launched to the Moon.

     45 years ago, in 1972:

Canada's Anik A1 communications satellite is launched.

     43 years ago, in 1974:

Helios 1 is launched to study the solar wind, magnetic and electric fields, and flies to within 47 million km of the Sun.

     9 years ago, in 2008:

Phoenix Mars Mission is declared concluded after attempts at contact fail.

     8 years ago, in 2009:

The Poisk docking module is launched to the ISS aboard Progress M-MIM2, a modified Progress-M rocket.

 11

     445 years ago, in 1572:

Tycho Brahe observes supernova SN 1572 in the constellation of Cassiopeia.

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Gemini XII is launched; last Gemini mission, Buzz Aldrin sets EVA record of 5 hours, 30 minutes.

     35 years ago, in 1982:

Columbia is launched on the first operational Shuttle mission (STS-5), and deploys two satellites, Anik C3 and SBS 3.

     35 years ago, in 1982:

Viking Lander 1 makes its final contact with Earth.

 12

     37 years ago, in 1980:

Voyager 1 flies by Saturn.

     36 years ago, in 1981:

The shuttle Columbia (STS-2) is launched.

     22 years ago, in 1995:

The docking module is launched aboard the shuttle Atlantis (STS-47) to be a part of the Mir space station.

     22 years ago, in 1995:

Chris Hadfield makes his first trip to space on the shuttle Atlantis (STS-74), and is the only Canadian to visit Mir.

     8 years ago, in 2009:

The Rosetta probe makes its third Earth flyby.

     3 years ago, in 2014:

Rosetta's Philae lander successfully lands on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

 13

     440 years ago, in 1577:

Tycho Brahe observes the Great Comet of 1577 (C/1577 V1) in the evening sky.

     39 years ago, in 1978:

The Einstein Observatory (HEAO-2) becomes the first imaging and extra-solar X-ray telescope to be launched into orbit.

     36 years ago, in 1981:

Canadarm is tested for the first time aboard shuttle Columbia (STS-2).

     10 years ago, in 2007:

The Rosetta probe makes its second Earth flyby.

     8 years ago, in 2009:

Based on data gathered from the LCROSS mission, NASA announces that water was detected on Cabeus crater on the moon.

 14            WANING CRESCENT 

     337 years ago, in 1680:

The German astronomer Gottfried Kirch discovers the Great Comet of 1680 (C/1680 V1, Kirch's Comet, Newton's Comet), the first comet discovered by a telescope.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Zond 6 flies around the moon and heads back to Earth.

     48 years ago, in 1969:

Apollo 12 launch to land on the moon.

     46 years ago, in 1971:

Mariner 9 arrives at Mars, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit another planet.

     36 years ago, in 1981:

The shuttle Columbia (STS-2) lands three days early, due to a fuel cell problem.

     11 years ago, in 2006:

The Mars Global Surveyor mission ends.

     9 years ago, in 2008:

India's Chandrayaan-1 Moon Impact Probe strikes the Moon near the Shackleton crater at the south pole.

 15

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Gemini XII lands back on Earth.

     45 years ago, in 1972:

SAS-2 (Explorer 48), a gamma ray telescope, is launched.

     43 years ago, in 1974:

Spain's first satellite, INTASAT, is successfully launched.

     39 years ago, in 1978:

The Pioneer Venus Multiprobe, nearing Venus, deploys its largest probe for atmospheric study, named Sounder.

     29 years ago, in 1988:

The Russian "Space Shuttle" makes its first and only (unmanned) test flight in the Orbiter K1 Buran.

     22 years ago, in 1995:

Telemetry contact is lost with the Japanese probe Sakigake.

 16

     52 years ago, in 1965:

Venera 3 is launched for Venus.

     44 years ago, in 1973:

Skylab 4, the third and final mission to Skylab, is launched.

     16 years ago, in 2001:

The Genesis spacecraft arrives at Legrange point 1, or L1.

     8 years ago, in 2009:

The shuttle Atlantis (STS-129) is launched to the ISS with the ExPRESS Logistics Carriers.

 17

     56 years ago, in 1961:

Explorer 11 ceases returning data due to power supply problems.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

The Zond 6 reentry capsule crash-lands on Earth.

     47 years ago, in 1970:

Luna 17 lands on the Moon and releases the Lunokhod 1 rover, becoming the first rover on another world, and operating for 322 days.

     42 years ago, in 1975:

Soyuz 20 (unmanned) is launched to, and docks with, the Salyut 4 space station for a long-duration test of the Soyuz spacecraft.

     22 years ago, in 1995:

ESA launches the ISO (Infrared Space Observatory) telescope to study infrared light.

 18            NEW MOON 

     56 years ago, in 1961:

Ranger 2 is launched to be placed in an eliptical orbit, but burns up in low orbit one day later.

     28 years ago, in 1989:

The Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) is launched.

     19 years ago, in 1998:

The Deep Ecliptic Survey (DES) discovers 1998 WW31, the first trans-Neptunian binary to be discovered since Pluto.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is launched.

 19

     48 years ago, in 1969:

Apollo 12 lands on the moon.

     39 years ago, in 1978:

The Pioneer Venus Multiprobe, nearing Venus, deploys its three other probes.

     20 years ago, in 1997:

On board shuttle Columbia (STS-87), Leonid Kadeniuk becomes the first citizen of an independant Ukraine to visit space.

 20

     48 years ago, in 1969:

The crew of Apollo 12 visit the Surveyor 3 lander.

     39 years ago, in 1978:

International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) enters Halo orbit at Lagrangian Libration Point 1 (L1), the first craft ever to do so.

     19 years ago, in 1998:

Zarya (Dawn), the first ISS Module, is launched aboard a Russian Proton rocket.

     13 years ago, in 2004:

The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission is launched.

     8 years ago, in 2009:

This domain, NCC-1701.Ca, is registered :-)

 21

     4 years ago, in 2013:

The first Peruvian satellite, PUCP-Sat 1, is successfully launched.

 22            WAXING CRESCENT 

 23

     34 years ago, in 1983:

The first infrared telescope, IRAS, runs out of cryogen and ceases operations.

     15 years ago, in 2002:

The shuttle Endeavour (STS-113), last flight before the Columbia disaster, launches with the Port 1 (P1) truss segment for the ISS.

 24

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Explorer 17 burns up in the atmosphere.

     48 years ago, in 1969:

Apollo 12 splashdown.

     27 years ago, in 1990:

The Keck I Telescope sees "first light".

 25

     12 years ago, in 2005:

The Japanese Hayabusa spacecraft touches down on the surface of asteroid Itokawa.

 26            FIRST QUARTER 

     52 years ago, in 1965:

France launches its first satellite, Asterix, which remains active for two days.

     32 years ago, in 1985:

On board shuttle Atlantis (STS-61-B), Rodolfo Neri Vela becomes the first Mexican citizen and the second Latin-American to visit space.

     28 years ago, in 1989:

The Kvant-2 (Augmentation Module) is launched to be a part of the Mir space station.

     6 years ago, in 2011:

Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity Rover) is launched.

 27

     46 years ago, in 1971:

First Mars lander, Mars 2 (USSR) successfully lands but returns no data.

     6 years ago, in 2011:

Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) is discovered by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy.

 28

     53 years ago, in 1964:

Mariner 4 is launched to Mars.

     34 years ago, in 1983:

On board Shuttle Columbia (STS-9), Ulf Merbold becomes the first West German citizen, second German native, and the first non-US citizen in a US spacecraft to visit space.

     15 years ago, in 2002:

The first Algerian satellite, ALSAT-1, is successfully launched.

 29

     274 years ago, in 1743:

Jan de Munck of Middelburg, Netherlands, discovers the Great Comet of 1744 (C/1743 X1).

     56 years ago, in 1961:

Enos, aboard Mercury-Atlas 5, becomes the first chimpanzee to orbit the Earth, and does it twice.

     52 years ago, in 1965:

Alouette 2 (ISIS-X), a Canadian ionosphere research satellite, is launched.

     50 years ago, in 1967:

The first Australian satellite, WRESAT, is successfully launched.

 30            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     53 years ago, in 1964:

Zond 2 is launched to Mars.

     47 years ago, in 1970:

OAO-B (Orbiting Astronomical Observatory B) is launched with a UV telescope, but fails when the payload shroud of the rocket fails to separate.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

India's Mars Orbiter Mission, Mangalyaan, goes into trans-Mars injection.