Close Encounters

A Timeline

  • Earth: circa 200000 BCE (Homo sapiens)
  • Moon: 4 January 1959 CE (Luna 1)
  • Venus: 14 December 1962 (Mariner 2)
  • Mercury: 21 September 1974 (Mariner 10)
  • Mars: 15 July 1965 (Mariner 4)
  • Jupiter: 3 December 1973 (Pioneer 10)
  • Saturn: 1 September 1979 (Pioneer 11)
  • 21P/Giacobini–Zinner: 11 September 1985 (ICE/ISEE-3)
  • Uranus: 24 January 1986 (Voyager 2)
  • 1P/Halley (Halley’s Comet): 6 March 1986 (Vega 1)
  • Neptune: 25 August 1989 (Voyager 2)
  • 951 Gaspra: 29 October 1991 (Galileo)
  • 26P/Grigg-Skjellerup: 10 July 1992 (Giotto)
  • 243 Ida: 28 August 1993 (Galileo)
  • C/1996 B2 Hyakutake: 1 May 1996 (Ulysses)
  • 253 Mathilde: 27 June 1997 (NEAR Shoemaker)
  • 1992 KD/9969 Braille: 29 July 1999 (Deep Space 1)
  • 1981 JN/2685 Masursky: 23 January 2000 (Cassini)
  • 433 Eros: 14 February 2000 (NEAR Shoemaker)
  • 19P/Borrelly: 22 September 2001 (Deep Space 1)
  • 1942 EM/5535 Annefrank: 2 November 2002 (Stardust)
  • 81P/Wild (Wild 2): 2 January 2004 (Stardust)
  • Titan: 14 January 2005 (Huygens)
  • 9P/Tempel (Tempel 1): 4 July 2005 (Deep Impact)
  • 1998 SF36/25143 Itokawa: 19 November 2005 (Hayabusa)
  • 2002 JF56/132524 APL: 13 June 2006 (New Horizons)
  • 1969 VC/2867 Šteins: 5 September 2008 (Rosetta)
  • 21 Lutetia: 10 July 2010 (Rosetta)
  • 103P/Hartley (Hartley 2): 4 November 2010 (Deep Impact)
  • 4 Vesta: 16 July 2011 (Dawn)
  • 1989 AC/4179 Toutatis: 13 December 2012 (Chang’e 2)
  • 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko: 6 August 2014 (Rosetta)
  • 1 Ceres: 6 March 2015 (Dawn)
  • Pluto: 14 July 2015 (New Horizons)
  • 1999 JU3/162173 Ryugu: 27 June 2018 (Hayabusa 2)
  • 1999 RQ36/101955 Bennu: 3 December 2018 (OSIRIS-REx)
  • 2014 MU69/486958 Ultima Thule: 1 January 2019 (New Horizons)
  • 1996 GT/65803 Didymos: 2022 (DART)
  • 1983 TB/3200 Phaeton: 2024 (DESTINY)
  • 1981 EQ5/52246 Donaldjohanson: April 2025 (Lucy)
  • 16 Psyche: 2026 (Psyche)
  • 1973 SO/3548 Eurybates: August 2027 (Lucy)
  • 1999 WB2/15094 Polymele: September 2027 (Lucy)
  • 1997 TS25/11351 Leucus: April 2028 (Lucy)
  • 1999 VQ10/21900 Orus: November 2028 (Lucy)
  • 617 Patroclus/1906 VY+Menoetius: March 2033 (Lucy)

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