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New Horizons has been in space for 4535 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 1072 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
to Pluto on
July 14, 2015.



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 1

     69 years ago, in 1949:

Gerard Kuiper discovers one of Neptune's moons, Nereid.

     22 years ago, in 1996:

The Ulysses spacecraft crosses the ion tail of Comet Hyakutake.

 2

     238 years ago, in 1780:

The first binary star system to be discovered, Xi Ursae Majoris, is found by William Herschel.

     13 years ago, in 2005:

Boeing and Lockheed Martin announce their intention to form the United Launch Alliance.

 3            WANING GIBBOUS 

     357 years ago, in 1661:

Christiaan Huygens observes the planet Mercury transit the Sun.

     37 years ago, in 1981:

2685 Masursky, a main-belt asteroid, is discovered by Edward Bowell at the Lowell Observatory.

 4

     51 years ago, in 1967:

NASA's Lunar Orbiter 4 is launched to photograph the moon.

     29 years ago, in 1989:

The Magellan spacecraft is brought into orbit and launched to Venus from Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-30).

 5

     57 years ago, in 1961:

Alan Shepard is the first American to be in a suborbital flight around the Earth (Mercury/Freedom 7).

     28 years ago, in 1990:

The Russian Progress expendable cargo spacecraft makes its last flight (Progress 42).

     24 years ago, in 1994:

The Clementine lunar probe leaves lunar orbit to fly by asteroid Geographos.

     21 years ago, in 1997:

NASA ends the International Cometary Explorer (ICE, formerly ISEE-3) mission.

     21 years ago, in 1997:

Iridium satellites 4,5,6,7 and 8 are the first ones launched to be part of the Iridium satellite constellation service.

       This year:

The Insight probe and the first deep-space cubesats, the MarCO pair, are launched to Mars for study of the planet's interior; also marking the first interplanetary mission to launch from the West Coast.

 6

     265 years ago, in 1753:

Charles Messier makes his first documented observation; the Mercury transit of the Sun.

     53 years ago, in 1965:

The Lincoln Calibration Sphere 1 (LCS-1), a large aluminium sphere used for radar calibration, launches with the Lincoln Experimental Satellite-2.

     32 years ago, in 1986:

The ESA's EXOSAT re-enters and burns up in the Earth's atmosphere.

     16 years ago, in 2002:

SpaceX is founded by Elon Musk.

     13 years ago, in 2005:

The Cassini Imaging Science Tam discovers a shepherd moon of Saturn, Daphnis.

 7

     55 years ago, in 1963:

Telstar 2 is launched.

     43 years ago, in 1975:

SAS-3, an X-ray telescope, is launched.

     43 years ago, in 1975:

Canada's Anik A3 communications satellite is launched.

     26 years ago, in 1992:

The shuttle Endeavour (STS-49) lifts off for its maiden flight.

     24 years ago, in 1994:

The Clementine lunar probe has a computer malfunction on its way to asteroid Geographos, thus ending the mission.

     5 years ago, in 2013:

The first Estonian satellite, ESTCube-1, is successfully launched, and is the first satellite to attempt to use an electric solar wind sail.

 8            LAST QUARTER 

     51 years ago, in 1967:

Lunar Orbiter 4 becomes the first spacecraft to go into a polar orbit around the Moon.

 9

     53 years ago, in 1965:

Luna 5 is launched to the Moon.

     45 years ago, in 1973:

The Lunokhod 2 (USSR) moon rover rolls into a crater, where dust covers its solar panels.

     15 years ago, in 2003:

The Japanese Hayabusa spacecraft is launched for asteroid Itokawa.

 10

     72 years ago, in 1946:

A White Sands modified V-2 rocket reaches 69 miles (111 kms).

 11

     45 years ago, in 1973:

Kosmos 557, intended to be Salyut-3, is launched.

     9 years ago, in 2009:

Servicing Mission 4 is launched aboard shuttle Atlantis (STS-125) to install on Hubble the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

       This year:

The Falcon 9 Block-5 makes its successful maiden flight, placing Bangladesh's first communications satellite, Bangabandhu-1, into orbit.

 12            WANING CRESCENT 

     88 years ago, in 1930:

The first planetarium in the United States, Adler Planetarium in Chicago, is opened to the public.

     53 years ago, in 1965:

Luna 5 crashes into the Moon, instead of a soft landing as planned.

 13

     157 years ago, in 1861:

John Tebbutt of Australia discovers the Great Comet of 1861 (C/1861 J1).

     58 years ago, in 1960:

The original Echo 1, a metalized balloon passive-communications satellite, is launched, but the rocket explodes after lift-off.

     46 years ago, in 1972:

Discovered by astronomer Charles Kowal, SN 1972E becomes the prototype for understanding type Ia supernova.

 14

     54 years ago, in 1964:

Communications fail for the Venus-bound Zond 1 spacecraft.

     45 years ago, in 1973:

The first U.S. spacestation, Skylab, is launched, but loses one solar panel and jams the other.

     37 years ago, in 1981:

The Soyuz 7K-T spacecraft makes its final flight, and is the last Soyuz mission to visit Salyut 6.

     37 years ago, in 1981:

On board the Soyuz 40 mission to Salyut 6, Dumitru Prunariu becomes the first Romanian to visit space.

     9 years ago, in 2009:

The Herschel infrared telescope and the Planck observatory are launched together.

     8 years ago, in 2010:

The shuttle Atlantis (STS-132) is launched to the ISS with the Russian Rassvet Mini-Research Module.

 15            NEW MOON 

     61 years ago, in 1957:

The first launch of a Soviet R-7 Semyorka leads to an unintended crash 400 km (250 mi) from the launch site.

     60 years ago, in 1958:

Sputnik 3 is launched to explore the upper atmosphere and near space.

     58 years ago, in 1960:

Korabl-Sputnik 1 (Sputnik 4), the first and unmanned test flight of the Vostok, is launched.

     55 years ago, in 1963:

Mercury/Faith 7, the last Mercury mission, orbits the earth 22 times, with astronaut L. Gordon Cooper, Jr.

     27 years ago, in 1991:

The Magellan spacecraft begins its secondary mission at Venus; filling in the gaps from the primary mapping mission.

     21 years ago, in 1997:

Aboard the shuttle Atlantis (STS-84), Yelena Kondakova becomes the first Russian woman to travel on the Space Shuttle.

 16

     53 years ago, in 1965:

Telstar 2 is turned off.

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Venera 5 reaches Venus and sends a probe into the atmosphere; it returns data for 53 minutes.

     20 years ago, in 1998:

The ISO (Infrared Space Observatory) mission is officially ended.

     7 years ago, in 2011:

The 25th and final flight of Endeavour (STS-134) launches to the ISS with the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02), and the final ExPRESS Logistics Carrier.

 17

     136 years ago, in 1882:

On an expedition in Egypt , Dr. Arthur Schuster sees a comet (Tewfik) near the Sun during a total eclipse.

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Venera 6 reaches Venus and sends a probe into the atmosphere; it returns data for 51 minutes.

     44 years ago, in 1974:

SMS-1, the first of two predecessors to the GEOS series of satellites, is launched.

 18            WAXING CRESCENT 

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Apollo 10 launch, complete spacecraft (LM & CM).

     45 years ago, in 1973:

The maiden flight of the Soyuz-U rocket takes place, carrying the satellite Kosmos 559 to orbit.

     27 years ago, in 1991:

On board the Soyuz TM-12 mission to Mir, Helen Sharman becomes the first British astronaut and the first woman to visit Mir.

 19

     57 years ago, in 1961:

Venera 1 is the first craft to fly by Venus, though contact is lost.

     47 years ago, in 1971:

The Soviet Mars 2 spacecraft is launched.

     22 years ago, in 1996:

Marc Garneau, aboard the shuttle Endeavour (STS-77), is the first Canadian to return to space.

 20

     40 years ago, in 1978:

The Pioneer Venus Orbiter is launched.

     23 years ago, in 1995:

The Spektr (Power Module) is launched to be a part of the Mir space station.

     18 years ago, in 2000:

The Galileo spacecraft flies by Jupiters moon Ganymede at a range of 809 km (503 miles).

     15 years ago, in 2003:

The Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne makes its first captive carry test flight.

     8 years ago, in 2010:

The Japanese Venus Climate Orbiter, Akatsuki, and the first ever solar sail craft, IKAROS, are launched together from the Tanegashima Space Center.

 21

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Apollo 10 enters lunar orbit, circles the moon 31 times, tests LM separation.

 22            FIRST QUARTER 

     72 years ago, in 1946:

A White Sands WAC Corporal reaches the then-defined edge of space, 50 miles (80 kms).

     45 years ago, in 1973:

Kosmos 557, intended to be Salyut-3, fails after 11 days in orbit and burns up in Earth's atmosphere.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft's second test mission (COTS Demo Flight 2+) is launched to the ISS.

 23

     60 years ago, in 1958:

Explorer 1 makes its final transmission.

 24

     475 years ago, in 1543:

Nicolaus Copernicus dies at age 70 in Frauenburg, Royal Prussia, Kingdom of Poland.

     56 years ago, in 1962:

Mercury/Aurora 7 orbits the earth with astronaut Scott M. Carpenter.

     50 years ago, in 1968:

Echo 1A re-enters Earth's atmosphere and burns up.

     43 years ago, in 1975:

Soyuz 18 is launched to the Salyut 4 space station.

     42 years ago, in 1976:

Ariel 1, the first British satellite, burns up in the atmosphere.

     37 years ago, in 1981:

Larissa, a moon of Neptune, is discovered by ground-based stellar occultation observations.

     7 years ago, in 2011:

NASA announces The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Orion MPCV).

 25            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     57 years ago, in 1961:

President Kennedy makes his famous "Moon speech".

     53 years ago, in 1965:

AS-104 (SA-8), is successfully launched, carrying the fourth 'boilerplate' version of the Apollo spacecraft and the second Pegasus micrometeroid detection satellite.

     45 years ago, in 1973:

Skylab 2, the first manned mission to Skylab, is launched to repair the solar panels.

     19 years ago, in 1999:

The International Astrophysical Observatory 'Granat' reenters the Earth's atmosphere and burns up.

     17 years ago, in 2001:

The Galileo spacecraft flies by the surface of Jupiters moon Calisto at 138 km (86 miles), closer than any previous encounter.

     10 years ago, in 2008:

Phoenix Mars Mission lands at Green Valley in Vastitas Borealis, near the north polar cap.

     7 years ago, in 2011:

Mars Rover "Spirit" mission ends after 7 years.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft's second test mission (COTS Demo Flight 2+) docks with the ISS, becoming the first private spacecraft to do so.

      1 year ago, in 2017:

Rocket Lab's first Electron rocket is launched from New Zealand, becoming the first space launch for the country.

 26

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Apollo 10 splashdown.

     38 years ago, in 1980:

On board the Soyuz 36 mission to Salyut 6, Bertalan Farkas becomes the first Hungarian to visit space.

     35 years ago, in 1983:

The ESA's EXOSAT (European X-ray Observing Satellite) is launched.

     11 years ago, in 2007:

Comet C/2007 K5 (Lovejoy) is discovered by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy.

     8 years ago, in 2010:

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) sees "first light".

 27

     28 years ago, in 1990:

The last Russian Progress expendable cargo spacecraft, Progress 42, deorbits and breaks up over the Pacific Ocean.

     26 years ago, in 1992:

9969 Braille, an asteroid classified as a Mars-crosser and slow rotator, is discovered by E. F. Helin and K. J. Lawrence at the Palomar observatory.

     19 years ago, in 1999:

Julie Payette, aboard the shuttle Discovery (STS-96), is the first Canadian to visit the ISS.

     9 years ago, in 2009:

Frank De Winne of Belgium become the first astronaut from the ESA to command the ISS (Expedition 21).

     9 years ago, in 2009:

Robert Thirsk is the first Canadian to go to space on a Russian vehicle; Soyuz TMA-15 to the ISS.

 28

     59 years ago, in 1959:

Launched aboard a Jupiter ICBM, Able and Baker became the first monkeys to survive spaceflight.

     54 years ago, in 1964:

AS-101 (SA-6), is successfully launched, carrying the first 'boilerplate' version of the Apollo spacecraft.

     47 years ago, in 1971:

The Soviet Mars 3 spacecraft is launched.

     45 years ago, in 1973:

The Salyut 2 space station burns up in Earth's atmosphere after 54 days in orbit.

 29            FULL MOON 

     99 years ago, in 1919:

Arthur Eddington confirms Einstein's theory of general relativity during a total solar eclipse.

     44 years ago, in 1974:

Luna 22 (USSR) is launched to the Moon.

 30

     52 years ago, in 1966:

Surveyor 1 is launched for the moon.

     47 years ago, in 1971:

Mariner 9 is launched to Mars.

     44 years ago, in 1974:

ATS-6 (Applications Technology Satellite-6) is launched, becoming the world's first experimental Direct Broadcast Satellite.

     3 years ago, in 2015:

Cassini makes its last flyby of Saturn's moon Hyperion.

 31

     60 years ago, in 1958:

Explorer 1 burns up in the atmosphere.

     28 years ago, in 1990:

The Kristall (Technology Module) is launched to be a part of the Mir space station.

     14 years ago, in 2004:

Cassini discovers two new moons around Saturn, Methone and Pallene.

     10 years ago, in 2008:

The shuttle Discovery (STS-124) is launched to the ISS with the Pressurized Module and the Remote Manipulator System for the Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo).

     6 years ago, in 2012:

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft's second test mission (COTS Demo Flight 2+) returns to Earth and is successfully recovered.