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New Horizons has been in space for 4346 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 883 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.

     43 years ago, in 1974:

The "Arecibo Message", the first message sent intentionally into space with the intent of contacting alien life, is broadcast in the direction of globular star cluster M13.

     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.