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New Horizons has been in space for 4291 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 828 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
to Pluto on
July 14, 2015.



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New Horizons Message Initiative August, 2017

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October, 2017

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 1

     213 years ago, in 1804:

Karl Ludwig Harding of Germany discovers the asteroid Juno.

     158 years ago, in 1859:

First day of the Carrington Event; one of the most powerful geomagnetic solar storms on record.

     55 years ago, in 1962:

The Venera 2MV-1 No.2 atmospheric probe is launched, but its escape stage fails.

     38 years ago, in 1979:

Pioneer 11 is the first probe to visit Saturn.

     12 years ago, in 2005:

The Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS) is placed into hibernation for the second time.

 2            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     158 years ago, in 1859:

Second day of the Carrington Event; one of the most powerful geomagnetic solar storms on record.

     47 years ago, in 1970:

Apollo 18 and 19 are cancelled due to budget cuts.

     46 years ago, in 1971:

Luna 18 (USSR) is launched to the Moon; the seventh Soviet attempt to bring back soil from the surface.

     42 years ago, in 1975:

Luna 22's (USSR) propellent is exhausted, ending its lunar orbit mission after 15 months.

     29 years ago, in 1988:

The Phobos 1 probe has a computer malfunction en route to Mars, thus ending the mission.

     2 years ago, in 2015:

On board the Soyuz TMA-18M mission to the ISS, Aidyn Aimbetov becomes the first Kazakh to visit space.

     2 years ago, in 2015:

On board the Soyuz TMA-18M mission to the ISS, Andreas Mogensen becomes the first Dane to visit space.

 3

     59 years ago, in 1958:

Explorer 4's low-power transmitter fails.

     41 years ago, in 1976:

The Viking 2 lander touches down at Utopia Planitia on Mars.

 4

 5

     55 years ago, in 1962:

The descent module of Korabl-Sputnik 1 (Sputnik 4) re-enters Earths atmosphere.

     40 years ago, in 1977:

Voyager 1 is launched.

     9 years ago, in 2008:

The Rosetta probe flies by asteroid Steins.

     5 years ago, in 2012:

The Dawn probe leaves the orbit of the asteroid Vesta.

 6            FULL MOON 

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Star Trek premieres on CTV in Canada.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is launched.

 7

     46 years ago, in 1971:

Luna 18 (USSR) goes into orbit around the Moon.

     34 years ago, in 1983:

Landsat 3 is decommissioned.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

Comet C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) is discovered by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy.

 8

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Star Trek premieres on NBC in America.

     50 years ago, in 1967:

Surveyor 5 is launched for the moon.

     13 years ago, in 2004:

The Genesis spacecraft releases its solar wind sample return capsule, which lands on Earth.

      1 year ago, in 2016:

OSIRIS-Rex, a NASA asteroid study and sample return mission, is launched.

 9            WANING GIBBOUS 

     125 years ago, in 1892:

Edward Barnard discovers the fifth moon of Jupiter, Amalthea, using the Lick 36-inch refractor.

     42 years ago, in 1975:

Viking 2 is launched to Mars.

     39 years ago, in 1978:

The Venera 11 probe is launched for Venus.

     11 years ago, in 2006:

The shuttle Atlantis (STS-115) is launched with the second port-side truss segment (P3/P4) and a pair of solar arrays (2A/4A) for the ISS.

 10

     6 years ago, in 2011:

The twin GRAIL probes are launched to create a detailed gravity map of the Moon.

 11

     50 years ago, in 1967:

Surveyor 5 lands, and is the first craft to do a soil analysis on the moon, or any other world beyond Earth.

     46 years ago, in 1971:

Luna 18 (USSR) crashes into the Moon and contact is lost.

     32 years ago, in 1985:

International Cometary Explorer (ICE, formerly ISEE-3) is the first craft to traverse the plasma tail of a comet (Giacobini-Zinner).

     20 years ago, in 1997:

Mars Global Surveyor reaches Mars and goes into orbit.

     8 years ago, in 2009:

Discovery (STS-128) makes the last shuttle landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

 12

     58 years ago, in 1959:

Luna 2 is launched to the Moon.

     55 years ago, in 1962:

The Venera 2MV-2 No.1 probe is launched, but its third stage explodes.

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Gemini XI is launched; reaches record altitude of 739 miles, completes 44 orbits.

     47 years ago, in 1970:

Luna 16 (USSR) is launched to the Moon; the third Soviet attempt to bring back soil from the surface.

     25 years ago, in 1992:

Aboard shuttle Endeavour (STS-47), Mae Jemison becomes the first African-American woman to fly in space.

     12 years ago, in 2005:

The Yohkoh (Solar-A) Solar Observatory burns up during reentry over South Asia.

 13            LAST QUARTER 

     40 years ago, in 1977:

The shuttle Enterprise makes its second Approach and Landing Test (ALT-13) after being releasd from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

     26 years ago, in 1991:

The Yohkoh (Solar-A) Solar Observatory takes its first picture of the Sun.

     10 years ago, in 2007:

The Google Lunar XPRIZE is announced during NextFest.

 14

     58 years ago, in 1959:

Luna 2 is the first craft to impact into the Moon.

     46 years ago, in 1971:

Controllers have the last communication with the Lunokhod 1 moon rover.

     43 years ago, in 1974:

Charles Kowal discovers one of Jupiter's moons, Leda.

     39 years ago, in 1978:

The Venera 12 probe is launched for Venus.

     16 years ago, in 2001:

Pirs, a Russian docking and airlock module for the ISS, is launched aboard a Soyuz-U/Progress M-SO1.

     10 years ago, in 2007:

Japan launches its second lunar orbiter, SELENE (Kaguya).

     2 years ago, in 2015:

The first observation of gravitational waves are made by the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors.

 15

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Gemini XI lands back on Earth.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Zond 5 is launched to circle the Moon and return to Earth; on board are 2 tortoises, flies, worms, plants, and other life.

     27 years ago, in 1990:

The Magellan spacecraft begins its primary mission at Venus; mapping the surface with radar.

 16            WANING CRESCENT 

     169 years ago, in 1848:

William Bond, his son George, and William Lassell co-discover one of Neptune's moons, Hyperion.

 17

     228 years ago, in 1789:

William Herschel discovers a moon of Saturn, Mimas.

     47 years ago, in 1970:

Luna 16 (USSR) goes into orbit around the Moon.

     41 years ago, in 1976:

The shuttle Enterprise is rolled out for a dedication ceremony with most of the original Star Trek cast on hand.

 18

     52 years ago, in 1965:

Comet Ikeya–Seki (C/1965 S1, Great Comet of 1965) is discovered independently by Kaoru Ikeya and Tsutomu Seki.

     49 years ago, in 1968:

Zond 5 circles the Moon and heads back to Earth.

     37 years ago, in 1980:

On board the Soyuz 38 mission to Salyut 6, Arnaldo Tamayo Mendez becomes the first Cuban, the first person of African heritage, and the first Latin American to visit space.

     11 years ago, in 2006:

Supernova SN 2006gy is discovered in the galaxy NGC 1260.

     11 years ago, in 2006:

On board the Soyuz TMA-9 mission to the ISS, Anousheh Ansari becomes the first Iranian and the first female space tourist to visit space.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

Orbital Sciences' Cygnus resupply ship demonstration mission is successfully launched to the ISS.

 19

     29 years ago, in 1988:

The first Israli satellite, Ofeq (Ofek) 1, is successfully launched.

 20            NEW MOON 

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Surveyor 2 is launched for the moon.

     47 years ago, in 1970:

Luna 16 (USSR) lands on the Moon's surface and successfully collects a soil sample.

     38 years ago, in 1979:

HEAO-3 (High Energy Astronomy Observatory 3) is lauched, carrying a high-resolution gamma-ray spectrometer and two cosmic-ray instruments.

 21

     47 years ago, in 1970:

Luna 16 's upper stage lifts off from the Moon, and heads to Earth with its soil sample.

     43 years ago, in 1974:

Mariner 10 makes its second Mercury flyby.

     14 years ago, in 2003:

The Galileo spacecraft ends its mission and is sent into Jupiter, where it is crushed by atmospheric pressure.

 22

     49 years ago, in 1968:

The Zond 5 reentry capsule lands on Earth; becoming the first spacecraft to circle the Moon and return to Earth, and all its cargo survives.

     16 years ago, in 2001:

Deep Space 1 flies by Comet Borrelly.

     11 years ago, in 2006:

Japan launches Hinode (Solar-B), a Solar Observatory spacecraft.

     3 years ago, in 2014:

The MAVEN probe goes into orbit around Mars.

 23

     171 years ago, in 1846:

Johann Galle discovers the planet Neptune, based on calculations by Urbain Le Verrier.

     51 years ago, in 1966:

Surveyor 2 loses control due to a malfunctioning thruster and crashes into the moon.

     40 years ago, in 1977:

The shuttle Enterprise makes its third Approach and Landing Test (ALT-14) after being releasd from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

     8 years ago, in 2009:

The first Swiss satellite, SwissCube-1, is successfully launched.

 24            WAXING CRESCENT 

     47 years ago, in 1970:

Luna 16 successfully returns the capsule with the lunar soil sample to Earth.

     3 years ago, in 2014:

India's Mars Orbiter Mission, Mangalyaan, is successfully inserted into orbit around Mars.

 25

     44 years ago, in 1973:

After 59 and a half days in orbit, the crew of Skylab 3 return to Earth.

     25 years ago, in 1992:

The Mars Observer is launched from Cape Canaveral.

 26

     24 years ago, in 1993:

The first Portuguese satellite, PoSAT-1, is successfully launched.

     10 years ago, in 2007:

Deep Impact's orbit is adjusted toward Comet Hartley 2.

 27

     44 years ago, in 1973:

Soyuz 12, a manned test flight of the newly redesigned 2-person Soyuz 7K-T (in wake of the Soyuz 11 tragedy), is launched.

     20 years ago, in 1997:

Mars Pathfinder/Sojourner sends its last data transmission.

     10 years ago, in 2007:

NASA's solar powered ion engined Dawn spacecraft is launched to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres.

     7 years ago, in 2010:

Cassini begins the Solstice Mission extension.

 28            FIRST QUARTER 

     66 years ago, in 1951:

Seth Barnes Nicholson discovers on of Jupiter's moons, Ananke.

     46 years ago, in 1971:

Luna 19 (USSR) is launched to the Moon.

     9 years ago, in 2008:

SpaceX launches Falcon 1, becoming the second company to put a privately developed rocket into orbit.

 29

     55 years ago, in 1962:

Alouette I makes Canada the third nation to build and the fourth nation to launch a satellite (and still orbiting).

     44 years ago, in 1973:

Soyuz 12 lands on Earth after a successful mission.

     40 years ago, in 1977:

The Salyut 6 space station is launched.

     29 years ago, in 1988:

The shuttle Discovery (STS-26R) lifts off, the first shuttle flight since the Challenger disaster.

     8 years ago, in 2009:

Messenger makes its third Mercury flyby.

     4 years ago, in 2013:

Orbital Sciences' Cygnus resupply ship demonstration mission is docked with the ISS.

 30

     22 years ago, in 1995:

Pioneer 11 sends its last signal to Earth.

      1 year ago, in 2016:

The Rosetta probe ends its mission by landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.