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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

     56 years ago, in 1962:

The Soviet Vostok-2 carrier rocket makes its maiden flight, only to come down and blow up 1.8 seconds into launch.

     48 years ago, in 1970:

Soyuz 9 is launched for an 18 day mission in orbit.

     28 years ago, in 1990:

Germany's X-ray satellite, ROSAT, is launched.

     13 years ago, in 2005:

The Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS) is brought out of hibernation to support the Deep Impact mission at Comet 9P/Tempel.

     10 years ago, in 2008:

Cassini completes its primary mission at Saturn.

 2            WANING GIBBOUS 

     160 years ago, in 1858:

The Italian astronomer Giovanni Donati discovers Comet Donati (C/1858 L1), the first comet to be photographed.

     64 years ago, in 1954:

The Soviet dogs Lisa and Ryzhik are launched aboard an R1 to an altitude of 100km (60mi), and survive.

     56 years ago, in 1962:

OSCAR 2, the second amateur radio satellite, is launched.

     52 years ago, in 1966:

Surveyor 1 is the first craft to make a soft landing on the Moon.

     44 years ago, in 1974:

Luna 22 (USSR) goes into orbit around the Moon, returning data for the next 15 months.

     35 years ago, in 1983:

Venera 15 is launched to Venus to map its surface using radar.

     15 years ago, in 2003:

The European Mars Express launched from the Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan.

 3

     53 years ago, in 1965:

Gemini IV is launched and orbits for three days; first EVA by an American, Ed White for 22 minutes.

     52 years ago, in 1966:

Gemini IX-A is launched; completes three types of rendezvous, two hours of EVA, and 44 orbits.

     49 years ago, in 1969:

The final episode of Star Trek is broadcast.

     45 years ago, in 1973:

The Soviet news agency (TAS) announces the Lunokhod 2 moon rover mission to be over.

 4

     44 years ago, in 1974:

Contruction begins on the shuttle Enterprise (OV-101).

     18 years ago, in 2000:

The Compton Gamma Ray Observatory burns up in Earth's atmosphere.

     8 years ago, in 2010:

SpaceX makes its first launch from a NASA spaceport, Falcon 9 v1.0 Flight 1 carrying the Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit.

 5

     16 years ago, in 2002:

The shuttle Endeavour (STS-111) is launched with the Mobile Base System (MBS) for the Canadarm2 on the ISS.

     11 years ago, in 2007:

Messenger makes its second Venus flyby.

     5 years ago, in 2013:

After 29 years of operating in space, Landsat 5 is decommissioned, and sets a record for the longest-operating Earth-observing satellite mission in history.

 6            LAST QUARTER 

     52 years ago, in 1966:

Gemini IX-A lands back on Earth.

     47 years ago, in 1971:

Soyuz 11 is launched to Salyut 1, where it docks for 23 days.

 7

     53 years ago, in 1965:

Gemini IV lands back on Earth.

     49 years ago, in 1969:

Echo 2 re-enters Earth's atmosphere and burns up.

     35 years ago, in 1983:

Venera 16 is launched to Venus to map its surface using radar.

     26 years ago, in 1992:

NASA's Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE), a space telescope for short-wave ultraviolet astronomy, is launched

 8

     53 years ago, in 1965:

Luna 6 is launched to the Moon, but misses it by 161,000 km (100,040 miles).

     45 years ago, in 1973:

SAS-2 (Explorer 48), a gamma ray telescope, completes its observations.

     43 years ago, in 1975:

Venera 9 is launched for Venus.

     11 years ago, in 2007:

The shuttle Atlantis (STS-117) is launched to the ISS with the second starboard truss segment (S3/S4), and a set of solar arrays .

     10 years ago, in 2008:

New Horizons passes the orbit of Saturn on its way to Pluto.

 9

     33 years ago, in 1985:

The Soviet Vega 1 probe releases its balloon and lander for descent on Venus, then continues on to Halley's Comet.

 10            WANING CRESCENT 

     15 years ago, in 2003:

Mars Rover "Spirit" is launched.

     14 years ago, in 2004:

Saturn's moon Phoebe becomes the first moon flyby of the Cassini probe.

     9 years ago, in 2009:

After a successful mission, Japan's second lunar orbiter, SELENE (Kaguya), is deliberately crashed into the moon .

 11

     33 years ago, in 1985:

The Soviet Vega 1 probe lander touches down successfully on Venus; the balloon travels 11,600 km (7200 miles).

     10 years ago, in 2008:

The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (FGST) is launched.

     5 years ago, in 2013:

Shenzhou 10, the final mission to Tiangong-1, is launched aboard a Long March 2Frocket.

 12

     56 years ago, in 1962:

An Aerobee 150 rocket is launched with an X-ray detector, and finds the first extra-solar X-ray source, Scorpius X-1.

     51 years ago, in 1967:

Venera 4 is launched for Venus.

 13            NEW MOON 

     35 years ago, in 1983:

Pioneer 10 crosses the orbit of Neptune.

     33 years ago, in 1985:

The Soviet Vega 2 probe releases its balloon and lander for descent on Venus, then continues on to Halley's Comet.

     8 years ago, in 2010:

The Japanese Hayabusa spacecraft releases its sample from asteroid Itokawa before burning up in Earth's atmosphere.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is launched to study the universe in high energy X-rays.

     5 years ago, in 2013:

Shenzhou 10 successfully docks with Tiangong-1.

 14

     69 years ago, in 1949:

Albert II becomes the first monkey in space aboard a U.S. launched V-2, but dies on impact after the parachute fails.

     55 years ago, in 1963:

Vostok 5 is launched into orbit to meet up with Vostok 6.

     51 years ago, in 1967:

Mariner 5 is launched to Venus.

     43 years ago, in 1975:

Venera 10 is launched for Venus.

     25 years ago, in 1993:

The Japanese probe Sakigake makes its second Earth swingby.

 15

     58 years ago, in 1960:

Communication is lost with Tiros 1.

     33 years ago, in 1985:

The Soviet Vega 2 probe lander touches down successfully on Venus; the balloon travels 11,100 km (7200 miles).

     8 years ago, in 2010:

The French PICARD Solar Satellite is launched from Dombarovskiy Cosmodrome, Russia, to study the Sun.

 16

     55 years ago, in 1963:

Aboard Vostok 6, Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space, orbiting Earth 48 times.

     29 years ago, in 1989:

Neptune's second largest moon, Proteus, is discovered by Voyager 2.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

Shenzhou 9 is launched aboard a Long March 2F rocket to dock with Tiangong-1, and carries the first Chinese female astronaut, Liu Yang.

 17            WAXING CRESCENT 

     33 years ago, in 1985:

On board shuttle Discovery (STS-51-G), Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud becomes the first Arab, first Muslim, and the first member of a royal family to visit space; also the youngest person (28) to fly on the shuttle.

     33 years ago, in 1985:

Mexico's first communications satellite, Morelos I, is launched from shuttle Discovery (STS-51-G).

 18

     41 years ago, in 1977:

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

     35 years ago, in 1983:

Canada's Anik C2 communications satellite is deployed from shuttle Challenger (STS-7).

     35 years ago, in 1983:

Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space aboard the shuttle Challenger (STS-7).

     9 years ago, in 2009:

The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) are launched together aboard an Atlas V.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

Controlled from the ground, Shenzhou 9 docks with Tiangong-1, becoming China's first manned spacecraft rendezvous and docking.

 19

     55 years ago, in 1963:

The Soviet Mars 1(2MV-4)makes its closest approach to Mars.

     55 years ago, in 1963:

After successful communication with each other, Vostok 5 and 6 return home.

     48 years ago, in 1970:

After 18 days in orbit, Soyuz 9 returns to Earth.

     42 years ago, in 1976:

Viking 1 arrives at Mars.

     14 years ago, in 2004:

99942 Apophis, a near-Earth asteroid, is discovered at the Kitt Peak National Observatory.

     2 years ago, in 2016:

Blue Origin's New Shepard (NS2) makes its fourth sub-orbital spaceflight, with a successful fourth time reused booster launch and landing.

 20            FIRST QUARTER 

     74 years ago, in 1944:

A German V-2 rocket becomes the first vehicle to cross the Kármán line, the border at which outer space begins.

     56 years ago, in 1962:

OSCAR 2, the second amateur radio satellite, ceases communication.

 21

     56 years ago, in 1962:

OSCAR 2, the second amateur radio satellite, burns up in re-entry.

     14 years ago, in 2004:

The Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne achieves its first spaceflight, becoming the first privately funded human spaceflight.

 22

     58 years ago, in 1960:

SOLRAD 1, the world's first orbiting astronomical observatory, and GRAB 1, America's first intelligence satellite, are launched together.

     45 years ago, in 1973:

The three Skylab 2 astronauts become the first space station occupants ever to return safely to Earth.

     42 years ago, in 1976:

Salyut 5, third and last of a series of the highly classified Almaz military space station program, is launched.

     40 years ago, in 1978:

James W. Christy discovers Pluto's largest moon, Charon.

 23

     9 years ago, in 2009:

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) goes into orbit around the moon.

     5 years ago, in 2013:

Shenzhou 10 undocks from Tiangong-1 and performs a manual re-docking.

 24            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     45 years ago, in 1973:

Explorer 35 is shut down after six years of successful operation studying space beyond the Moon.

     36 years ago, in 1982:

On board the Soyuz T-6 mission to Salyut 7, Jean-Loup Chretien becomes the first Frenchman and the first western European to visit space.

     19 years ago, in 1999:

The Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) space-based telescope is launched.

     19 years ago, in 1999:

Cassini makes its second pass by Venus for a gravity assist to Saturn.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

Shenzhou 9 undocks with Tiangong-1 for the first time after a stay of 3 days and 21 hours.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

Shenzhou 9 redocks manually with Tiangong-1 one hour and 30 minutes after undocking, and becomes the first manual docking for China.

 25

     44 years ago, in 1974:

Salyut 3, second of a series of the highly classified Almaz military space station program, is launched.

     28 years ago, in 1990:

Spherical aberration is discovered in Hubble's primary mirror.

     5 years ago, in 2013:

Shenzhou 10 undocks with Tiangong-1 and heads back to Earth.

 26

     288 years ago, in 1730:

Charles Messier is born in Badonviller, France.

 27

     60 years ago, in 1958:

Explorer 3 burns up in the atmosphere.

     40 years ago, in 1978:

On board the Soyuz 30 mission to Salyut 6, Miroslaw Hermaszewski become the first and only Polish national to visit space.

     36 years ago, in 1982:

The shuttle Columbia (STS-4) launches with the first Department of Defense mission.

     23 years ago, in 1995:

The launch of Atlantis (STS-71) to Mir marks the 100th human space launch from Cape Canaveral by the U.S.

     22 years ago, in 1996:

Galileo is the first probe to visit Ganymede, one of Jupiters moons.

     21 years ago, in 1997:

The NEAR Shoemaker probe flies by asteroid 253 Mathilde on its way to NEA Eros.

     5 years ago, in 2013:

The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), a NASA solar observation satellite, is launched.

 28            FULL MOON 

     53 years ago, in 1965:

Intelsat I (Early Bird), begins commercial service.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

Shenzhou 9 undocks with Tiangong-1 for the last time and heads for Earth.

     5 years ago, in 2013:

The GALEX ultraviolet space telescope is decommissioned by NASA.

 29

     57 years ago, in 1961:

Transit 4A is launched, becoming the first satellite to use a radioactive power source.

     23 years ago, in 1995:

The shuttle Atlantis (STS-71) becomes the first shuttle to dock to the Mir space station.

     6 years ago, in 2012:

Shenzhou 9 successfully lands with its three astronauts (taikonauts) in Siziwang Banner, Inner Mongolia.

 30

     110 years ago, in 1908:

The 'Tunguska Event' occurs when a meteor explodes over the Tunguska River in Siberia, Russia.

     47 years ago, in 1971:

Soyuz 11 leaves Salyut 1 and lands on Earth; but the cabin depressurises during re-entry, killing all three cosmonauts.

     17 years ago, in 2001:

The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) is launched to study the CMB.

     15 years ago, in 2003:

Canada's first space telescope, MOST (Microvariability and Oscillations of STars), is launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome for the study of asteroseismology .

     14 years ago, in 2004:

Cassini arrives at Saturn, becoming the firt ever probe to go into orbit around the ringed planet.

     9 years ago, in 2009:

Communications with the Ulysses spacecraft cease after almost 19 years.

     3 years ago, in 2015:

The first official Asteroid Day is held.

     2 years ago, in 2016:

The Dawn probe finishes its primary science mission at Vesta and Ceres.