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New Horizons has been in space for 3814 days. (Launch Date: Jan 19, 2006)

It's been 351 days
since New Horizons'
closest approach
to Pluto on
July 14, 2015.



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 1            WANING CRESCENT 

     54 years ago, in 1962:

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

     46 years ago, in 1970:

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

     26 years ago, in 1990:

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

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     62 years ago, in 1954:

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

     50 years ago, in 1966:

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

     42 years ago, in 1974:

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

     33 years ago, in 1983:

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

     13 years ago, in 2003:

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

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     51 years ago, in 1965:

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

     50 years ago, in 1966:

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

     43 years ago, in 1973:

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

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     16 years ago, in 2000:

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

 5            NEW MOON 

     9 years ago, in 2007:

Messenger makes its second Venus flyby.

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     50 years ago, in 1966:

Gemini IX-A lands back on Earth.

     45 years ago, in 1971:

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

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     51 years ago, in 1965:

Gemini IV lands back on Earth.

     47 years ago, in 1969:

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

     33 years ago, in 1983:

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

 8            WAXING CRESCENT 

     51 years ago, in 1965:

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

     41 years ago, in 1975:

Venera 9 is launched for Venus.

     8 years ago, in 2008:

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

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     31 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.

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     13 years ago, in 2003:

Mars Rover "Spirit" is launched.

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     31 years ago, in 1985:

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

     8 years ago, in 2008:

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

 12            FIRST QUARTER 

     49 years ago, in 1967:

Venera 4 is launched for Venus.

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     31 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.

     6 years ago, in 2010:

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

     4 years ago, in 2012:

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

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     53 years ago, in 1963:

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

     49 years ago, in 1967:

Mariner 5 is launched to Venus.

     41 years ago, in 1975:

Venera 10 is launched for Venus.

     23 years ago, in 1993:

The Japanese probe Sakigake makes its second Earth swingby.

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     31 years ago, in 1985:

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

 16            WAXING GIBBOUS 

     53 years ago, in 1963:

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

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     53 years ago, in 1963:

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

     53 years ago, in 1963:

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

     46 years ago, in 1970:

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

     40 years ago, in 1976:

Viking 1 arrives at Mars.

     33 years ago, in 1983:

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

 20            FULL MOON 

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     43 years ago, in 1973:

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

     40 years ago, in 1976:

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

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 24            WANING GIBBOUS 

     43 years ago, in 1973:

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

     17 years ago, in 1999:

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

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     42 years ago, in 1974:

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

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 27            LAST QUARTER 

     58 years ago, in 1958:

Explorer 3 burns up in the atmosphere.

     20 years ago, in 1996:

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

     19 years ago, in 1997:

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

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     45 years ago, in 1971:

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

     15 years ago, in 2001:

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

     13 years ago, in 2003:

Canada's first space telescope, MOST, is launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

     12 years ago, in 2004:

Cassini arrives at Saturn.

     7 years ago, in 2009:

Communications with the Ulysses spacecraft cease after almost 19 years.

   


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