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New Horizons has been in space for 3878 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 415 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
to Pluto on
July 14, 2015.



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 1

     230 years ago, in 1786:

Caroline Herschel discovers the first of her eight comets, Comet C/1786 P1 (Herschel).

     49 years ago, in 1967:

The Lunar Orbiter 5 probe, the last of the Lunar Orbiter series, is launched.

     41 years ago, in 1975:

Communications with Alouette 2 are terminated after 10 years.

 2            NEW MOON 

     11 years ago, in 2005:

Messenger flies by Earth for a gravity assist on the way to Mercury.

 3

     12 years ago, in 2004:

Messenger is launched to Mercury.

 4

     9 years ago, in 2007:

The Phoenix Mars Mission is launched.

 5

     49 years ago, in 1967:

Lunar Orbiter 5 goes into a polar orbit around the Moon.

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Mariner 7 makes its closest approach to Mars.

     43 years ago, in 1973:

The Soviet Mars 6 spacecraft is launched.

     5 years ago, in 2011:

Juno is launched for Jupiter.

 6            WAXING CRESCENT 

     55 years ago, in 1961:

Vostok 2 is launched with cosmonaut Gherman Titov.

     51 years ago, in 1965:

Zond 2 passes by Mars, though no data is sent due to loss of communication.

     4 years ago, in 2012:

The Curiosity Rover lands on Mars (E.S.T.).

     2 years ago, in 2014:

The ESA's Rosetta becomes the first spacecraft to orbit a comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

 7

     57 years ago, in 1959:

Explorer 6 is launched to study micrometeorites, cosmic rays, etc; it also takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit.

     55 years ago, in 1961:

Vostok 2 lands back on Earth after a day in orbit.

     45 years ago, in 1971:

Apollo 15 splashdown.

     40 years ago, in 1976:

Viking 2 arrives at Mars.

 8

     39 years ago, in 1977:

The Salyut 5 space station burns up in Earth's atmosphere after 412 days in orbit.

     38 years ago, in 1978:

The Pioneer Venus Multiprobe (5 separate probes) is launched.

     15 years ago, in 2001:

The Genesis spacecraft is launched to collect solar wind samples for return to Earth.

 9

     43 years ago, in 1973:

The Soviet Mars 7 spacecraft is launched.

     40 years ago, in 1976:

Luna 24 (USSR) is launched to the Moon; the third Soviet attempt to bring back soil from the surface of Mare Crisium.

 10            FIRST QUARTER 

     50 years ago, in 1966:

The Lunar Orbiter 1 probe is launched.

     26 years ago, in 1990:

The Magellan spacecraft enters orbit around Venus.

 11

     54 years ago, in 1962:

Vostok 3 is launched into orbit to meet up with Vostok 4; the first time that two manned spacecraft will be in orbit together.

 12

     139 years ago, in 1877:

Asaph Hall, Sr., an American astronomer, discovers the first of Mars' moons, Deimos.

     56 years ago, in 1960:

Echo 1A, a metalized balloon passive-communications satellite, is launched.

     54 years ago, in 1962:

Vostok 4 is launched into orbit to meet up with Vostok 3.

     39 years ago, in 1977:

The shuttle Enterprise makes its first Approach and Landing Test (ALT-12) after being releasd from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

     38 years ago, in 1978:

International Sun-Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) is launched to investigate the solar wind.

     11 years ago, in 2005:

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is launched.

 13

 14            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     219 years ago, in 1797:

Caroline Herschel and Eugene Bouvard independently discover Comet C/1797 P1 (Bouvard-Herschel).

     50 years ago, in 1966:

Lunar Orbiter 1 goes into lunar orbit, becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to do so.

     40 years ago, in 1976:

Luna 24 (USSR) goes into orbit around the Moon.

 15

     54 years ago, in 1962:

After successful communication with each other and almost 4 days in orbit, Vostok 3 and 4 return home.

 16

 17

     83 years ago, in 1933:

Under the leadership of Sergey Korolev, the Group for the Study of Reactive Motion (GIRD) launches the first Soviet liquid-fueled rocket.

     58 years ago, in 1958:

Able 1 (Pioneer 0) is the world's first craft intended for launch out of Earth's orbit, but explodes 77 seconds after lift-off.

     50 years ago, in 1966:

Pioneer 7 is launched to obtain measurements of interplanetary phenomena.

     46 years ago, in 1970:

Venera 7 is launched for Venus.

     36 years ago, in 1980:

Viking Orbiter 1 ends its mission at Mars.

 18            FULL MOON 

     139 years ago, in 1877:

Asaph Hall, Sr., an American astronomer, discovers the second of Mars' moons, Phobos.

     50 years ago, in 1966:

Lunar Orbiter 1 begins taking photos of the Moon.

     40 years ago, in 1976:

Luna 24 (USSR) lands on the Moon, and successfully collects a soil sample.

     31 years ago, in 1985:

Suisei (MS-T5), Japan's second deep space probe, is launched from the Uchinoura Space Center.

     17 years ago, in 1999:

Cassini makes a pass by Earth for a gravity assist to Saturn.

 19

     56 years ago, in 1960:

Sputnik 5 is the first to return plants and animals (2 dogs; Belka and Strelka, 2 rats & 40 mice) alive from Earth orbit.

     40 years ago, in 1976:

Luna 24 lifts off from the Moon, and heads to Earth with its soil sample.

     34 years ago, in 1982:

On a mission to the Salyut 7 space station, Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the second woman in space.

 20

     41 years ago, in 1975:

Viking 1 is launched to Mars.

     39 years ago, in 1977:

Voyager 2 is launched.

 21            WANING GIBBOUS 

     59 years ago, in 1957:

A Soviet R-7 Semyorka is launched and flies 6000 km (3700 mi) to become the world's first ICBM.

     51 years ago, in 1965:

Gemini V is launched; first week-long flight, completes 120 orbits.

 22

     20 years ago, in 1996:

Pioneer 8 is commanded to switch to its backup transmitter, and a download link is re-acquired.

 23

     55 years ago, in 1961:

Ranger 1 is launched to be placed in an eliptical orbit, but burns up in low orbit four days later.

     50 years ago, in 1966:

Lunar Orbiter 1 returns the first ever image of Earth taken from the Moon.

     40 years ago, in 1976:

Luna 24 successfully returns the capsule with the lunar soil sample to Earth.

 24

     58 years ago, in 1958:

Explorer 5 is launched, but fails when the rocket's first stage collides with its second stage after separation.

     55 years ago, in 1961:

Last contact is made with Explorer 7.

     50 years ago, in 1966:

Luna 11 is launched to the Moon.

     40 years ago, in 1976:

After 49 days, Soyuz 21 leaves the Salyut 5 space station and lands on Earth.

     10 years ago, in 2006:

Pluto is demoted from planet to dwarf planet.

 25            LAST QUARTER 

     54 years ago, in 1962:

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

     27 years ago, in 1989:

Voyager 2 is the first probe to visit Neptune.

     13 years ago, in 2003:

The Spitzer Space Telescope is launched to study the early universe in infrared light.

     4 years ago, in 2012:

The Voyager team declares this as the date Voyager 1 entered interstellar space.

     2 years ago, in 2014:

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

 26

     42 years ago, in 1974:

Soyuz 15 is launched, but is unable to dock to the Salyut 3 space station because of a faulty automated docking system.

     35 years ago, in 1981:

Voyager 2 flies by Saturn.

 27

     54 years ago, in 1962:

Mariner 2 is launched to Venus.

     50 years ago, in 1966:

Luna 11 goes into orbit around the Moon, though its TV transmitter fails.

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Pioneer E is launched, but is destroyed by range safety after hydraulics in the first stage fail.

 28            WANING CRESCENT 

     227 years ago, in 1789:

William Herschel discovers a moon of Saturn, Enceladus.

     42 years ago, in 1974:

Soyuz 15 leaves the Salyut 3 space station and lands on Earth.

     23 years ago, in 1993:

The Galileo probe flies by an asteroid named Ida and discovers a moon, later named Dactyl.

 29

     51 years ago, in 1965:

Gemini V lands back on Earth.

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     50 years ago, in 1966:

Lunar Orbiter 1 returns its last picture of the Moon.

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