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New Horizons has been in space for 4632 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 1169 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
to Pluto on
July 14, 2015.


There's 98 days left
for New Horizons'
closest approach
to 2014 MU69 on
January 1, 2019.



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New Horizons Message Initiative February, 2018

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 1

     52 years ago, in 1966:

Venera 3 is the first craft to perhaps impact Venus.

     38 years ago, in 1980:

Helene, a moon of Saturn, is discovered by Pierre Laques and Jean Lecacheux at Pic du Midi Observatory.

     36 years ago, in 1982:

Venera 13 lands on Venus to drill into and analyze the surface.

     34 years ago, in 1984:

Landsat 5 is launched.

     29 years ago, in 1989:

The Canadian Space Agency is formed.

     16 years ago, in 2002:

Servicing Mission 3B is launched aboard shuttle Discovery (STS-109) to install on Hubble the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).

     9 years ago, in 2009:

Chang'e 1, an unmanned Chinese lunar-orbiting spacecraft, is deorbited and impacts the surface of the Moon.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

The Cassini probe finds molecular oxygen ions around Saturn's moon Dione.

     5 years ago, in 2013:

SpaceX launches Falcon 9 v1.0 on its fifth and final flight.

 2            FULL MOON 

     50 years ago, in 1968:

Zond 4 is launched to the Moon.

     46 years ago, in 1972:

Pioneer 10 is launched.

     40 years ago, in 1978:

On board the Soyuz 28 mission to Salyut 6, Vladimir Remek from Czechoslovakia becomes the first and only Czech to visit space, and the first person from another country other than the U.S./U.S.S.R.

     14 years ago, in 2004:

The ESA's Rosetta probe and its lander, Philae, are launched to orbit and land on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

 3

     59 years ago, in 1959:

Pioneer 4 is launched for a lunar flyby, becomes the first U.S. probe to escape Earth's gravity.

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Apollo 9 is launched to test the LM, orbits the Earth for 10 days.

 4

     343 years ago, in 1675:

John Flamsteed is appointed as the first Astronomer Royal; The King's Astronomical Observator.

     59 years ago, in 1959:

Pioneer 4 flies by the Moon, but doesn't come close enough to the Moon to trigger its camera.

     39 years ago, in 1979:

Metis, the innermost moon of Jupiter, is discovered by Stephen P. Synnott in images taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft.

     13 years ago, in 2005:

The Rosetta probe makes its first Earth flyby.

     12 years ago, in 2006:

A final attempt is made to contact Pioneer 10, but no response is received.

 5            WANING GIBBOUS 

     127 years ago, in 1891:

307 Nike, a minor planet in the asteroid belt, is discovered by Auguste Charlois at the Nice Observatory.

     60 years ago, in 1958:

Explorer 2 is launched, but a failure in the rocket's fourth stage prevents it from reaching orbit.

     50 years ago, in 1968:

Zond 4 goes around the Moon, and heads back to Earth.

     40 years ago, in 1978:

Landsat 3 is launched.

     39 years ago, in 1979:

Voyager 1 flies by Jupiter.

     39 years ago, in 1979:

Thebe, a moon of Jupiter, is discovered by Stephen P. Synnott in images taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft.

     36 years ago, in 1982:

Venera 14 lands on Venus.

     19 years ago, in 1999:

The Wide Field Infrared Explorer (WIRE) is launched for a four month survey of the sky, but fails after launch.

 6

     203 years ago, in 1815:

Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers of Germany discovers a periodic comet, 13P/Olbers.

     59 years ago, in 1959:

Last contact is made with Pioneer 4.

     32 years ago, in 1986:

Vega 1 (USSR) is the first craft to approach a comet, coming within 5600 miles (8900km) of Comet Halley.

     9 years ago, in 2009:

The Kepler Space Telescope is launched to search for Earth-size planets.

     4 years ago, in 2014:

Cassini makes its 100th Titan flyby.

     3 years ago, in 2015:

The Dawn probe enters orbit around the asteroid Ceres, becoming the first probe to orbit two solar system bodies.

 7

     50 years ago, in 1968:

Zond 4 self destructs during re-entry, due to a guidance systems failure.

     33 years ago, in 1985:

GOES-1 is deactivated by NASA after almost ten years of service.

 8

     32 years ago, in 1986:

The Japanese probe Suisei makes its closest approach to Halley's Comet at a distance of 151,000 km.

     18 years ago, in 2000:

NASA announces plans to extend the Galileo probe's mission further, renaming the flight the Galileo Millennium Mission.

     17 years ago, in 2001:

The shuttle Discovery (STS-102) launches, bringing the External Stowage Platform-1 (ESP-1) and supplies to the ISS.

 9            LAST QUARTER 

     160 years ago, in 1858:

Friedrich August Theodor Winnecke 'rediscovers' comet 7P/Pons–Winnecke.

     84 years ago, in 1934:

Yuri Gagarin is born in Klushino, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.

     57 years ago, in 1961:

The Soviet dog Chernushka makes one orbit on board Korabl-Sputnik-4 or Vostok-3KA No 1 (Sputnik 9) with a cosmonaut dummy, mice and a guinea pig.

     53 years ago, in 1965:

OSCAR 3 is launched, becoming the first amateur satellite to use solar power and relay signals from Earth.

     44 years ago, in 1974:

Mars 7 reaches Mars and prematurely releases its descent module, which misses the planet.

     32 years ago, in 1986:

The Soviet Vega 2 probe makes its closest approach to Halley's Comet, coming to within 5000 miles (8000km).

 10

     51 years ago, in 1967:

The Soviet Proton-K rocket makes its first flight.

     12 years ago, in 2006:

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) enters orbit around Mars.

 11

     58 years ago, in 1960:

Able 6 (Pioneer 5) is launched for a heliocentric orbit between Earth and Venus, and confirms the interplanetary magnetic field.

     32 years ago, in 1986:

The Japanese probe Sakigake makes its closest approach to Halley's Comet at a distance of 6.99 million km.

     10 years ago, in 2008:

The shuttle Endeavour (STS-123) is launched to the ISS with the main component for the Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo), and the Canadian Dextre robotics system (SPDM).

 12

     44 years ago, in 1974:

Mars 6 reaches Mars and its descent module transmits 224 seconds of data, the first from the Martian atmosphere.

     10 years ago, in 2008:

The Cassini probe makes a close flyby of Enceladus and samples the plume from the south pole directly, finding organic materials.

 13            WANING CRESCENT 

     237 years ago, in 1781:

William Herschel discovers the planet Uranus; first planet discovered through a telescope.

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Apollo 9 splashdown.

     40 years ago, in 1978:

The shuttle Enterprise is taken to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama for the Mated Vertical Ground Vibration Testing.

     38 years ago, in 1980:

Calypso, a moon of Saturn, is discovered using ground-based observations.

     29 years ago, in 1989:

A geomagnetic storm strikes the Earth, causing a 9 hour power outage in Quebec.

     5 years ago, in 2013:

With the arrival of Expedition 35, Chris Hadfield becomes Commander of the ISS; first Canadian to do so.

 14

     139 years ago, in 1879:

Albert Einstein is born in Ulm, Kingdom of Württemberg, in the German Empire.

     38 years ago, in 1980:

Ariel 5, a British/American X-ray space observatory, re-enters the Earth's atmosphere after almost five and a half years.

     32 years ago, in 1986:

The Giotto probe passes Halley's Comet at a distance of 596 km (370 miles).

     2 years ago, in 2016:

ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Schiaparelli lander are launched.

       This year:

Theoretical physicist Stephen William Hawking dies at age 76 at his home in Cambridge, England.

 15

     39 years ago, in 1979:

HEAO-1 (High Energy Astronomy Observatory 1) re-enters and burns up in the Earth's atmosphere.

     17 years ago, in 2001:

NASA extends the Galileo probe's mission a third time.

     11 years ago, in 2007:

Comet C/2007 E2 (Lovejoy) is discovered by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy.

     9 years ago, in 2009:

The shuttle Discovery (STS-119) launches, bringing the S6 truss segment and the fourth solar array to the ISS.

 16

     92 years ago, in 1926:

Robert H. Goddard launches the first ever liquid fueled rocket.

     52 years ago, in 1966:

OSCAR 4, the fourth amateur radio satellite, ceases operation.

     52 years ago, in 1966:

After spending 22 days in orbit, the Soviet dogs Veterok and Ugolyok successfully return to Earth.

     52 years ago, in 1966:

Gemini VIII is launched; completes first docking with an unmanned Agena Target Vehicle, though control problems force an abort.

     43 years ago, in 1975:

Mariner 10 makes its third Mercury flyby.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

Supernova SN 2012aw is discovered in galaxy NGC 3351 (M101).

 17            NEW MOON 

     166 years ago, in 1852:

16 Psyche, one of the ten most massive objects in the asteroid belt, is discovered by the Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis from Naples.

     119 years ago, in 1899:

Phoebe, a moon of Saturn, is the first moon to be discovered photographically (William Pickering).

     60 years ago, in 1958:

Vanguard 1, the first solar powered satellite, is launched and reaches orbit.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

The Messenger probe begins its first extended mission.

     5 years ago, in 2013:

The Messenger probe begins its second extended mission.

     4 years ago, in 2014:

After 56 years in Earth orbit, Vanguard 1 (and its upper stage) sets the record for being in space longer than any other man-made object.

 18

     53 years ago, in 1965:

Voskhod 2 is launched, and Alexei Leonov becomes the first person to leave a spacecraft in orbit, going for a 12 minute spacewalk (EVA).

     7 years ago, in 2011:

New Horizons crosses the orbit of Uranus on its way to Pluto.

     7 years ago, in 2011:

Messenger becomes the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury.

 19

     53 years ago, in 1965:

Voskhod 2 returns to Earth.

     27 years ago, in 1991:

The Japanese Hiten moon probe is the first deep space craft to use aerobraking.

 20

     237 years ago, in 1781:

M96 (NGC 3368), an intermediate spiral galaxy in the constellation Leo, is discovered by Pierre Méchain.

     54 years ago, in 1964:

The ESRO (European Space Research Organisation) Convention is formed.

     32 years ago, in 1986:

Pioneer 7 flies within 12.3 million kilometers of Halley's Comet and monitors the interaction between the comets hydrogen tail and the solar wind.

 21            WAXING CRESCENT 

     334 years ago, in 1684:

Giovanni Cassini discovers one of Saturn's moons, Tethys.

     55 years ago, in 1963:

The Soviet Mars 1(2MV-4) ceases communication.

     53 years ago, in 1965:

Ranger 9, last of the Ranger series, is launched to the moon.

 22

     37 years ago, in 1981:

On board the Soyuz 39 mission to Salyut 6, Jugderdemidiin Gurragchaa becomes the first Mongolian to visit space.

     36 years ago, in 1982:

The shuttle Columbia (STS-3) launches for orbital endurance testing.

     22 years ago, in 1996:

Aboard the shuttle Atlantis (STS-76), Shannon Lucid becomes the first woman to go to space five times.

       This year:

The Curiosity rover marks its 2000th Sol (Martian day) on Mars.

       This year:

The Humanity Star satellite re-enters Earth's atmosphere and burns up after only two months and a day in orbit.

 23

     178 years ago, in 1840:

John William Draper takes the first successful photograph (Daguerreotype process) of the Moon.

     76 years ago, in 1942:

5535 Annefrank, a minor planet in the inner asteroid belt, is discovered by German astronomer Karl Reinmuth at the Heidelberg Observatory.

     53 years ago, in 1965:

Gemini 3 is the first manned Gemini flight; completes three orbits.

     35 years ago, in 1983:

The USSR launches Astron, an ultraviolet orbital observatory.

     17 years ago, in 2001:

The Mir space station is deorbited; it re-enters Earth's atmosphere and burns up.

 24            FIRST QUARTER 

     237 years ago, in 1781:

M105 (NGC 3379), an elliptical galaxy in the constellation Leo, is discovered by Pierre Méchain.

     53 years ago, in 1965:

Ranger 9 provides real-time coverage over TV networks of its approach and crash into the Moon.

     26 years ago, in 1992:

On board shuttle Atlantis (STS-45), Dirk Frimout becomes the first Belgian to visit space.

     25 years ago, in 1993:

Astronomers Carolyn and Eugene Shoemaker and David Levy discover Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9.

     22 years ago, in 1996:

The shuttle Atlantis (STS-76) docks with Mir, and Shannon Lucid becomes the first American woman to board a space station.

 25

     363 years ago, in 1655:

Christiaan Huygens discovers Saturn's largest moon, Titan.

     207 years ago, in 1811:

The French astronomer Honore Flaugergues discovers the Great Comet of 1811 (C/1811 F1), visible to the naked eye for about 260 days.

     57 years ago, in 1961:

The Soviet dog Zvyozdochka makes one orbit on board Korabl-Sputnik 5 or Vostok-3KA No 2 (Sputnik 10) with a wooden cosmonaut dummy.

     57 years ago, in 1961:

Explorer 10 is launched to investigate Earth's magnetic fields and nearby plasma, and becomes the first satellite to measure the shock wave from a solar flare.

     36 years ago, in 1982:

After a successful mission, the Einstein Observatory (HEAO-2) re-enters and burns up in the Earth's atmosphere.

     7 years ago, in 2011:

The Stardust/NExT mission comes to an end after 12 years.

 26

     60 years ago, in 1958:

Explorer 3 is launched, and confirms the Van Allen Belts.

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Meteor-1-1, the Soviet Union's first fully operational weather satellite, is successfully launched.

     24 years ago, in 1994:

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

     11 years ago, in 2007:

Russia and China sign a cooperative agreement for the joint exploration of Mars, which cumulates with the failed Fobos-Grunt/Yinghuo-1 mission to Phobos.

     5 years ago, in 2013:

Shenzhou 10 successfully lands in Inner Mongolia.

     4 years ago, in 2014:

Astronomers announce the discovery of two rings around Chariklo, the largest confirmed centaur, making it the only known centaur to have rings.

      1 year ago, in 2017:

The Japanese X-ray Astronomy satellite Hitomi performs a maneuver which leads to its break-up, prematurely ending the mission.

 27

     57 years ago, in 1961:

After 52 hours, Explorer 10's batteries fail, as per expectations.

     53 years ago, in 1965:

OSCAR 3's linear transponder fails, ending communication.

     50 years ago, in 1968:

Yuri Gagarin (age 34) is killed when his MiG-15UTI jet trainer crashes near the town of Kirzhach.

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Mariner 7 is launched to Mars.

     46 years ago, in 1972:

The Venera 8 probe is launched for Venus.

     29 years ago, in 1989:

Contact is lost with Phobos 2, thus ending the mission.

 28            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     216 years ago, in 1802:

Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers of Germany discovers the third largest asteroid, Pallas.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

After being in orbit for over 41 years, Explorer 8 burns up in the atmosphere.

 29

     211 years ago, in 1807:

Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers of Germany discovers the second largest asteroid, Vesta.

     44 years ago, in 1974:

Mariner 10 makes its first Mercury flyby.

 30

     36 years ago, in 1982:

The shuttle Columbia (STS-3) becomes the first and only shuttle mission to land at White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico.

     27 years ago, in 1991:

The Japanese Hiten moon probe performs its second aerobraking maneuver.

     12 years ago, in 2006:

On board the Soyuz TMA-8 mission to the ISS, Marcos Pontes becomes the first Brazilian to visit space.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

The Russian Proton-K rocket makes its last flight.

      1 year ago, in 2017:

SES-10, a geostationary communications satellite, is launched by SpaceX with the first reused orbital rocket first stage (first used on CRS-8), and becomes the first rocket to return from space for the second time.

 31           BLUE MOON 

     52 years ago, in 1966:

Luna 10 is launched to the Moon.

     48 years ago, in 1970:

After 12 years in orbit, America's first satellite, Explorer 1, burns up in the atmosphere.

     31 years ago, in 1987:

The Kvant-1 (Astrophysics Module) is launched to be a part of the Mir space station.

     23 years ago, in 1995:

The last successful tracking of Pioneer 7 is performed.

     21 years ago, in 1997:

Pioneer 10's science mission ends.