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New Horizons has been in space for 3908 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 445 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
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New Horizons Message Initiative September, 2016

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 1            NEW MOON 

     58 years ago, in 1958:

The NASA agency becomes operational.

     13 years ago, in 2003:

With the merger of three previously independent organizations, the Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA) is formed.

 2

     45 years ago, in 1971:

Luna 19 (USSR) goes into orbit around the Moon, returning data for the next year.

     25 years ago, in 1991:

The Japanese Hiten moon probe is placed into temporary lunar orbit.

 3

     74 years ago, in 1942:

A German V2 rocket becomes the first vehicle to cross the Kármán line, the border at which outer space begins.

     54 years ago, in 1962:

Mercury/Sigma 7 does 6 earth orbits with astronaut Wally M. Schirra.

 4

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1

     59 years ago, in 1957:

The Soviets launch Sputnik 1, the world's first artificial satellite.

     57 years ago, in 1959:

Luna 3 is launched to the Moon.

     51 years ago, in 1965:

Luna 7 is launched to the Moon.

 5            WAXING CRESCENT 

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2

     58 years ago, in 1958:

Explorer 4's high-power transmitter ceases sending signals.

     32 years ago, in 1984:

Marc Garneau, aboard the shuttle Challenger (STS-41-G), becomes the first Canadian in space.

 6

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3

     57 years ago, in 1959:

Explorer 6 makes its final transmission.

     49 years ago, in 1967:

After 180 days, Lunar Orbiter 4's decaying orbit crashes it into the Moon.

     26 years ago, in 1990:

The Ulysses spacecraft is launched to study the sun.

     19 years ago, in 1997:

After almost 32 years, Pioneer 6 is tracked with the 70 meter Deep Space Station 43 in Australia.

     8 years ago, in 2008:

Messenger makes its second Mercury flyby.

     3 years ago, in 2013:

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) goes into orbit around the Moon.

 7

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     223 years ago, in 1793:

Caroline Herschel sees her sixth comet, Comet C/1793 S2 (Messier).

     57 years ago, in 1959:

Luna 3 takes the first photos of the far side of the Moon.

     51 years ago, in 1965:

Luna 7 crashes into the Moon, instead of a soft landing as planned.

     19 years ago, in 1997:

Mars Pathfinder sends its last signal.

 8

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 9            FIRST QUARTER 

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     49 years ago, in 1967:

After 246 days, Lunar Orbiter 3's orbit decays and it crashes into the Moon.

 10

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     49 years ago, in 1967:

The Outer Space Treaty is passed.

     33 years ago, in 1983:

Venera 15 goes into orbit around Venus.

 11

     58 years ago, in 1958:

Pioneer 1 is the first spacecraft to be launched by NASA, but fails to reach the Moon.

     49 years ago, in 1967:

After 339 days, Lunar Orbiter 2 is commanded to crash into the Moon.

     48 years ago, in 1968:

First crewed Apollo flight, orbits the Earth for 11 days (Apollo 7 test flight - no LM).

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 6 is launched for a rendezvous with Soyuz 7 and 8.

     45 years ago, in 1971:

The Salyut 1 space station is sent into the atmosphere to burn up after 175 days in orbit.

     33 years ago, in 1983:

Venera 16 goes into orbit around Venus.

 12            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     52 years ago, in 1964:

Voskhod 1 is launched with three cosmonauts aboard; the first multiman mission.

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 7 is launched for a rendezvous with Soyuz 6 and 8.

     39 years ago, in 1977:

The shuttle Enterprise makes its fourth Approach and Landing Test (ALT-15) after being releasd from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

 13

     58 years ago, in 1958:

Pioneer 1 burns up after reentering Earth's atmosphere.

     57 years ago, in 1959:

Explorer 7 is launched, beginning the start of satellite studies of Earth's climate.

     52 years ago, in 1964:

Voskhod 1 returns to Earth.

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 8 is launched for a rendezvous with Soyuz 6 and 7.

     22 years ago, in 1994:

The Magellan mission at Venus ends; the spacecraft is deorbited into the Venusian atmosphere.

 14

     69 years ago, in 1947:

Charles "Chuck" Yeager breaks the sound barrier in the XS-1.

 15

     19 years ago, in 1997:

Cassini is launched to Saturn.

 16            FULL MOON 

     47 years ago, in 1969:

Soyuz 6, 7 and 8 return to Earth after all three fail at docking due to an electronic malfunction.

 17

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     54 years ago, in 1962:

Ranger 5 is launched to the moon, but misses it and settles into a heliocentric orbit.

     49 years ago, in 1967:

Venera 4 enters the atmosphere of Venus and may have landed.

     27 years ago, in 1989:

The Galileo probe is launched to Jupiter.

 19            WANING GIBBOUS 

     49 years ago, in 1967:

Mariner 5 flys by Venus.

     8 years ago, in 2008:

NASA launches IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer), to make a map of the boundary between the Solar System and interstellar space.

 20

     41 years ago, in 1975:

Venera 9 is the first craft to orbit Venus.

 21

 22            LAST QUARTER 

     50 years ago, in 1966:

Luna 12 is launched to the Moon.

     48 years ago, in 1968:

Apollo 7 splashdown.

     41 years ago, in 1975:

Venera 9 lands on and returns the first images from Venus.

 23

     57 years ago, in 1959:

Explorer 4 burns up in the atmosphere.

     41 years ago, in 1975:

Venera 10 goes into orbit around Venus.

     5 years ago, in 2011:

The ROSAT X-Ray satellite re-enters Earth's atmosphere.

 24

     59 years ago, in 1957:

The Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar program begins, to be cancelled 6 years (and US$660 million) later.

     18 years ago, in 1998:

Deep Space 1, the first ion-driven craft, is launched to test new technologies.

     15 years ago, in 2001:

Mars Odyssey enters orbit around Mars.

     10 years ago, in 2006:

Messenger makes its first Venus flyby.

 25

     50 years ago, in 1966:

Luna 12 goes into orbit around the Moon.

     48 years ago, in 1968:

Soyuz 2, an uncrewed spacecraft, is launched to be a docking target for Soyuz 3.

     41 years ago, in 1975:

The Venera 10 lander touches down on Venus.

 26            WANING CRESCENT 

     59 years ago, in 1957:

Sputnik 1 ceases sending signals after 22 days when the transmitter batteries run out.

     48 years ago, in 1968:

Soyuz 3 is launched for a rendezvous with Soyuz 2, but fails to successfully dock.

     39 years ago, in 1977:

The shuttle Enterprise makes its fifth and final Approach and Landing Test (ALT-16) after being releasd from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

 27

     55 years ago, in 1961:

The Saturn I makes its first (and successful) flight.

 28

     48 years ago, in 1968:

Soyuz 2, an uncrewed spacecraft, returns to Earth.

     45 years ago, in 1971:

Prospero becomes the first British satellite to be launched successfully by a British Black Arrow rocket.

     42 years ago, in 1974:

Luna 23 (USSR) is launched to the Moon; its designed to return a deep-core sample of the Moon's surface.

     22 years ago, in 1994:

The Japanese probe Sakigake makes its third Earth swingby.

 29

     50 years ago, in 1966:

The Luna 12 pictures, which for the first time are taken by a film process rather than a TV camera, are released by the Soviet press.

     50 years ago, in 1966:

After 577 orbits, Lunar Orbiter 1 is commanded to crash into the far side of the Moon.

     25 years ago, in 1991:

Galileo is the first probe to fly by an asteroid, Gaspra.

     18 years ago, in 1998:

HST Orbital Systems Test (HOST) is flown aboard shuttle Discovery (STS-95) to test new tech for Hubble.

 30            NEW MOON 

     48 years ago, in 1968:

Soyuz 3 returns to Earth.

     35 years ago, in 1981:

Venera 13 is launched to Venus.

 31

     2 years ago, in 2014:

Michael Alsbury is killed when Virgin Galactic's VSS Enterprise has a catastrophic in-flight breakup.

         


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