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New Horizons has been in space for 4475 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 1012 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
to Pluto on
July 14, 2015.



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 1

     15 years ago, in 2003:

The shuttle Columbia (STS-107) disintegrates during re-entry, killing all 7 aboard.

      1 year ago, in 2017:

The New Horizons probe performs an engine burn in preparation of the eventual flyby of 2014 MU69.

 2

     54 years ago, in 1964:

Ranger 6 lands on the moon, but its TV camera fails.

 3            WANING GIBBOUS 

     52 years ago, in 1966:

Luna 9 is the first spacecraft to land on the Moon.

     48 years ago, in 1970:

SERT-II is launched for a 6 month test of a mercury ion thruster engine.

     41 years ago, in 1977:

The Salyut 4 space station burns up in Earth's atmosphere after 770 days in orbit.

     24 years ago, in 1994:

The Clementine lunar probe leaves Earth orbit.

     12 years ago, in 2006:

SuitSat-1 is deployed from the ISS.

     8 years ago, in 2010:

NASA extends the Cassini mission at Saturn to 2017.

 4

     57 years ago, in 1961:

Venera 1VA is launched to Venus, first ever planetary mission, but fails to leave Earth orbit.

     56 years ago, in 1962:

Comet Seki-Lines (C/1962 C1, Great Comet of 1962) is discovered independently by Tsutomu Seki and Richard Lines.

     52 years ago, in 1966:

Luna 9 sends the first pictures from the lunar surface, which are intercepted and published by the British.

 5

     175 years ago, in 1843:

The Great Comet of 1843 is first observed.

     51 years ago, in 1967:

Lunar Orbiter 3 is launched to photograph the future Apollo and Surveyor landing sites.

     47 years ago, in 1971:

Apollo 14 lands on the moon.

     44 years ago, in 1974:

Mariner 10 flies by Venus, becomes the first spacecraft to use gravity assist, next stop: Mercury.

     24 years ago, in 1994:

The Clementine lunar probe makes its first Earth flyby.

 6

     52 years ago, in 1966:

The Soviet Proton-2 satellite, designed for the study of high and ultra-high energy particles, ends its mission.

     40 years ago, in 1978:

Progress 1 undocks from the Salyut 6 space station.

     14 years ago, in 2004:

The Beagle 2 lander is declared lost.

       This year:

SpaceX launches the Falcon Heavy on its maiden flight with the payload of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster, and two of three boosters land successfully.

 7            LAST QUARTER 

     41 years ago, in 1977:

Soyuz 24 is launched to the Salyut 5 space station.

     34 years ago, in 1984:

Aboard shuttle Challenger (STS-41-B), Bruce McCandless takes the first untethered space walk using the new Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU).

     19 years ago, in 1999:

Stardust is launched to Comet Wild 2 to capture comet dust and pre-solar interstellar materials to be returned to Earth.

     17 years ago, in 2001:

The Destiny Laboratory Module is launched to the ISS aboard the shuttle Atlantis (STS-98).

     10 years ago, in 2008:

The shuttle Atlantis (STS-122) is launched to the ISS with the ESA's Columbus science laboratory.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

After almost nine years of operation, NASA places the GALEX ultraviolet space telescope in standby mode.

 8

     51 years ago, in 1967:

Lunar Orbiter 3 goes into orbit around the Moon.

     44 years ago, in 1974:

After just over 84 days in orbit, the crew of Skylab 4 return to Earth.

     40 years ago, in 1978:

Progress 1 enters Earth's atmosphere and burns up.

     33 years ago, in 1985:

The first Brazilian satellite, Brasilsat A1, is successfully launched.

     26 years ago, in 1992:

The Ulysses spacecraft arrives at Jupiter for a swing-by maneuver to position itself for orbit above the Sun's poles.

     8 years ago, in 2010:

The shuttle Endeavour (STS-130) is launched to the ISS with the Tranquility module and the Cupola robotic control station.

 9

     47 years ago, in 1971:

Apollo 14 splashdown.

     43 years ago, in 1975:

After 29 days, Soyuz 17 leaves the Salyut 4 space station and lands on Earth.

     3 years ago, in 2015:

Orbital Sciences merges with Alliant Techsystems to become a new company called Orbital ATK, Inc.

 10

     84 years ago, in 1934:

4179 Toutatis is first sighted as object 1934 CT, but is lost soon after.

     44 years ago, in 1974:

Mars 4 reaches Mars, but its retro-rockets fail and it flies by the planet instead of going into orbit.

     28 years ago, in 1990:

The Galileo probe flies past Venus for a gravity assist to Jupiter.

     17 years ago, in 2001:

The Destiny Laboratory Module is attached to the ISS with the Canadarm.

     9 years ago, in 2009:

Two satellites collide in orbit for the first time, Iridium 33 and Kosmos 2251.

 11            WANING CRESCENT 

     48 years ago, in 1970:

Osumi (or Ohsumi), the first Japanese satellite, is launched.

     21 years ago, in 1997:

Servicing Mission 2 is launched aboard shuttle Discovery (STS-82) to extend Hubble's wavelength range to near infrared.

     8 years ago, in 2010:

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is launched to study the solar atmosphere and magnetic field.

     5 years ago, in 2013:

Landsat 8 is launched.

     3 years ago, in 2015:

The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) space weather satellite is launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

 12

     71 years ago, in 1947:

An approximately 100-ton meteorite explodes and impacts in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains, USSR.

     57 years ago, in 1961:

Venera 1 is launched for Venus, but communications fail before arrival.

     44 years ago, in 1974:

Mars 5 reaches Mars and takes photos for 22 orbits until a transmitter flaw ends the mission.

     19 years ago, in 1999:

The ROSAT X-ray satellite is shut down.

     17 years ago, in 2001:

The NEAR Shoemaker probe lands on asteroid Eros.

 13

     6 years ago, in 2012:

MaSat-1, the first Hungarian satellite (designed and built in Hungary), is successfully launched.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

The first Polish satellite, PW-Sat, is successfully launched.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

The first Romanian satellite, Goliat, is successfully launched.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

The Vega rocket, used by Arianespace, makes its maiden flight, carrying and deploying MaSat-1, PW-Sat, Goliat, and others.

 14

     55 years ago, in 1963:

Syncom 1 is launched to be the first geosynchronous communications satellite, but fails before reaching orbit.

     46 years ago, in 1972:

Luna 20 (USSR) is launched to the Moon; the eighth Soviet attempt to bring back soil from the surface.

     38 years ago, in 1980:

The Solar Maximum Mission satellite (SolarMax) is launched to study the Sun.

     29 years ago, in 1989:

The Delta II 6000 makes its maiden flight, launching the first modern Block-II satellite, USA-35, for the Global Positioning System.

     28 years ago, in 1990:

Voyager 1 is turned around to take the Solar System Portrait (Portrait of the Planets), 4 billion miles from the Sun.

     18 years ago, in 2000:

The NEAR Shoemaker probe arrives at the asteroid Eros.

     17 years ago, in 2001:

Thomas Jones and Robert Curbeam Jr. perform the 100th space walk in the United States space program.

     7 years ago, in 2011:

Stardust/NExT flies by Comet Tempel 1 and sends back images.

 15            NEW MOON 

     454 years ago, in 1564:

Galileo Galilei is born in Pisa, Duchy of Florence, Italy.

     173 years ago, in 1845:

The 72-inch Rosse (Leviathan of Parsonstown) Telescope sees "first light".

     45 years ago, in 1973:

Pioneer 10 becomes the first spacecraft to cross the asteroid belt.

     25 years ago, in 1993:

The Japanese Hiten moon probe is placed into permanent lunar orbit.

     24 years ago, in 1994:

The Clementine lunar probe makes its second Earth flyby.

     5 years ago, in 2013:

A near-Earth asteroid explodes in an air burst over Chelyabinsk, Russia.

 16

     70 years ago, in 1948:

Gerard Kuiper discovers one of Uranus' moons, Miranda.

     42 years ago, in 1976:

After 90 days, Soyuz 20 leaves the Salyut 4 space station and lands on Earth.

 17

     59 years ago, in 1959:

NASA launches the first weather satellite, Vanguard 2.

     53 years ago, in 1965:

Ranger 8 is launched to the moon.

     22 years ago, in 1996:

NASA launches the NEAR Shoemaker probe to study near-Earth asteroid Eros.

     20 years ago, in 1998:

Pioneer 10 and Voyager 1 are the same distance away from the Sun, 69.4 AU (6.45 billion miles).

     9 years ago, in 2009:

Dawn receives a gravity assist from Mars on its way to the asteroid Vesta.

     2 years ago, in 2016:

The Japanese X-ray Astronomy satellite Hitomi is launched from the Tanegashima Space Center.

 18

     88 years ago, in 1930:

Clyde W. Tombaugh discovers Pluto.

     46 years ago, in 1972:

Luna 20 (USSR) goes into orbit around the Moon.

     41 years ago, in 1977:

The shuttle Enterprise makes its first captive flight atop a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

     12 years ago, in 2006:

SuitSat-1 sends its last confirmed signal.

 19            WAXING CRESCENT 

     545 years ago, in 1473:

Nicolaus Copernicus is born in Thorn, Royal Prussia, Kingdom of Poland.

     231 years ago, in 1787:

William Herschel's 40-foot (Great Forty-Foot) Telescope sees "first light".

     32 years ago, in 1986:

The Mir Core Module is launched; first part of the new Russian space station.

     24 years ago, in 1994:

The Clementine lunar probe enters the Moons orbit.

 20

     71 years ago, in 1947:

A U.S. launched V-2 rocket sends the first animals (fruit flies) into space, which are successfully recovered.

     56 years ago, in 1962:

Three-orbit flight that placed the first American into earth orbit, John H. Glenn, Jr. (Mercury/Friendship 7).

     53 years ago, in 1965:

Ranger 8 sends back 7,137 hi-res pictures before crashing into the lunar surface.

     41 years ago, in 1977:

The Viking 1 orbiter flies by one of Mars' moons, Phobos, with the closest approach being 55 miles (89km).

     19 years ago, in 1999:

On board the Soyuz TM-29 mission to Mir, Ivan Bella becomes the first Slovak citizen to visit space.

     17 years ago, in 2001:

Odin, a Swedish satellite, is launched to study both star formation and the depletion of ozone in Earth's atmosphere.

 21

     55 years ago, in 1963:

Telstar 1 goes out of service, mostly due to radiation from high-altitude nuclear bomb testing.

     46 years ago, in 1972:

Luna 20 (USSR) lands on the Moon's highlands, and successfully collects a soil sample.

     12 years ago, in 2006:

Japan's Akari (ASTRO-F), an infrared astronomy satellite, is launched to study the entire sky in near, mid, and far-infrared.

 22

     52 years ago, in 1966:

The Soviet dogs Veterok and Ugolyok are launched on board Cosmos 110, and spend 22 days in orbit.

     46 years ago, in 1972:

Luna 20's ascent stage lifts off from the Moon, and heads to Earth with its soil sample.

     32 years ago, in 1986:

Sweden successfully launches its first satellite, Viking.

     27 years ago, in 1991:

The Japanese probe Suisei runs out of propellant.

 23            FIRST QUARTER 

     28 years ago, in 1990:

Pioneer 11 becomes the fourth man-made object to pass beyond the orbit of all the planets.

     19 years ago, in 1999:

SUNSAT, the first miniaturized satellite designed and manufactured in South Africa, is successfully launched.

     19 years ago, in 1999:

Denmark's first successful satellite, Orsted, is launched.

 24

     69 years ago, in 1949:

A WAC Corporal with a V-2 first stage is flown at 5150 mph (8290 kph); first flight of over five times the speed of sound.

     31 years ago, in 1987:

Supernova SN 1987A is discovered.

     7 years ago, in 2011:

The 39th and final flight of Discovery (STS-133) launches to the ISS with the Permanent Multipurpose Module, Leonardo, and the third of four ExPRESS Logistics Carriers.

 25

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Mariner 6 is launched to Mars.

     46 years ago, in 1972:

Luna 20 successfully returns the capsule with the lunar soil sample to Earth.

     41 years ago, in 1977:

After 18 days, Soyuz 24 leaves the Salyut 5 space station and lands on Earth.

     36 years ago, in 1982:

Landsat 2 ceases operations.

     11 years ago, in 2007:

The Rosetta probe flies by Mars, returning detailed images.

     5 years ago, in 2013:

UniBRITE-1 and TUGSAT-1 become the first two Austrian satellites to be launched.

 26            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     402 years ago, in 1616:

Galileo Galilei is ordered by the Inquisition to abandon the Copernican theories.

     235 years ago, in 1783:

NGC 2360 (Caroline's Cluster), an open cluster in the constellation Canis Major, is discovered by Caroline Herschel.

     24 years ago, in 1994:

The Clementine lunar probe begins systematic mapping of the Southern hemisphere of the Moon.

 27

     175 years ago, in 1843:

The Great Comet of 1843 makes a very close perihelion of less than 515,000 miles (830,000 km).

 28

     462 years ago, in 1556:

The German astronomer Joachim Heller discovers the Great Comet of 1556 (C/1556 D1).

     11 years ago, in 2007:

New Horizons makes a pass by Jupiter for a gravity assist to Pluto.

     4 years ago, in 2014:

After over a month in storage on board the ISS, Lituanica SAT-1 and LitSat-1, the two first Lithuanian satellites, are successfully deployed.