New Horizons Timeline: Journey to Pluto and Beyond

Two years ago, on July 14, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons made headlines all around the world as it became the first space probe to explore Pluto up close – more precisely, it flew 7,800 miles (12,500 km) above the surface of the planet. While the fearless spacecraft has traveled more distance and time than any other space mission in history – over 3 billion miles in more than 9 years - its work didn’t stop with the flyby of Pluto. With its mission officially extended in 2016, the probe is on its way to its next target: MU69, a mysterious Kuiper Belt Object that’s already baffling scientists. To celebrate New Horizons’ achievements and wish it good luck for the adventure ahead, we have created a timeline of its journey to Pluto and beyond.

The New Horizons Timeline illustrates the spacecraft’s expedition to Pluto from its launch to the close encounter with the planet, while also including a few details regarding the extended mission to MU69. After flying by Jupiter for gravity assist, the probe spent most of its voyage in hibernation in order to reduce wear and tear. During this long sleep, the spacecraft did wake up for a few weeks a year to have its systems checked and instruments calibrated. Not only did hibernation preserve the probe’s onboard systems, but it also freed up NASA’s communication and tracking resources for other missions.

New Horizons Timeline

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Amazon History Timeline

Founded on July 5, 1994, as an online book retailer, Amazon.com has expanded over the years to sell almost anything one can think of and is now one of the most valuable companies in the world. Despite the controversies it has been involved in, the company’s managed to build an immense customer base – and a nice fortune for Jeff Bezos, who has just regained his spot as the second-richest person on the planet. Twenty-three years after it all began, let’s take a look at how Amazon evolved into a multi-million-dollar business.

The Amazon.com Timeline illustrates important dates in the history of the giant, including acquisitions, successes, and other company milestones, as well as major product & service launches throughout the years. December 7, 2016, marks the day when Amazon Prime Air made its first successful drone delivery to an actual customer in the Cambridge area, UK. The drone used GPS to find its way and made it to the customer’s address within just 13 minutes from placing the order!

Amazon History Timeline

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline

Updated on October 9, 2019

Featuring an incredibly complex story arc, the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) officially spans 23 movies and 11 television series at this point, not counting the ones that aren't directly tied into the narrative. The films are included in what Marvel refers to as the "Infinity Saga", because the action revolves around the discovery and use of six artifacts of immense power, dubbed the Infinity Stones.

The MCU Infinity Saga

Created at the time of the Big Bang, the Mind, Space, Time, Reality, Power and Soul stones hold the key to reshaping existence at whim, so it's no surprise that both the protagonists and the villains will put up a ferocious fight to obtain them.

These singularity-born magical gems seem to have a mind of their own and love to change proprietors. Our heroes will almost never find themselves in the stones' possession until the stones themselves decide the time is right.

Although the Infinity Saga reaches a conclusion with the events from Avengers: Endgame, it paves the way for a new generation of heroes, and the MCU keeps the ball rolling with Spiderman: Far from Home.

How to watch the Marvel movies in order

With all the actual time-traveling and the flashbacks in the MCU, it's no wonder that even the die-hard fans of the saga are sometimes confused regarding the actual order of the developments, and disagreements abound. In all fairness, even Doctor Strange wielding the Time Stone would have a hard time keeping up! What's more, the narratives of movies and television series are concurrent.

To clear things a bit, we focused on the cinema where the chronology of events is better mapped out:

Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline

Bonus: How to watch the Marvel TV series in order

Nonetheless, as the series is an equally integral part of the Marvel narrative, we added a timeline that attempts to put the series released in order too, as a bonus:

Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline TV shows

It's worth noting that showrunners are also pro separating the two environments. This approach allows the series to break free from the shadow of their big brothers and grow independently.

Our goal is to touch on the major, canon releases without delving outside of the established franchise. We are doing our best to keep the timeline fresh and up to speed with all major releases.

Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline explained (may contain spoilers!)

1.    Chronological viewing order

There are definitely some inconsistencies between the events in the movies and the TV series. It is only natural, if you consider that multiple teams of writers work on the storylines simultaneously, often without knowing exactly what the 'endgame' is.

However, we believe that it's easier to wrap your head around the narrative if you watch these productions chronologically, rather than by the release dates. A word to the wise, fully immersing yourself in the MCU will require time, dedication and some essential knowledge of the main characters. If Thanos' quest for the Soul Stone taught us anything, it’s that nothing of importance can be achieved without sacrifice.

Those who are relatively new to the adventures of Marvel heroes and villains might have an easier time following the TV series in accordance with their airing dates, and definitely start with the movies first.

2.    Cloak & Dagger

The first season of this show received praise for the tie-ins with the MCU and maintaining the continuity. Numerous references to the corrupt corporation Roxxon can be found in other series like Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Daredevil, but also in movies like Iron Man 2 & 3.

While it doesn't really sync up with the events of the Avengers timeline, avid fans with a keen eye will notice subtle nudges and hints that make Cloak & Dagger feel part of Marvel's narrative. We know the action is set against the backdrop of modern-day New Orleans, but not a lot about the actual timeframe.

A couple of hints come in the form of passing mentions about Luke Cage and the competition between Roxxon and Stark Enterprises, but there's also time travel thrown in the mix, so it's difficult to tell for sure when it takes place. You'll also notice that the exploits in Infinity War and Endgame are not brought up at all. The 3rd season is set to drop later this year and rumors have it that it will feature a cross-over with Runaways, further tightening the mesh of Marvel's universe.

3.    Spider-Man: Homecoming

Chronological ambiguity is not limited to the series, and one example in this sense comes from Spider-Man: Homecoming. A briefly showed title card reveals that the creators placed the events of the movie in 2020, by referencing the fact that Avengers timeline happened eight years before. We can estimate this date by quoting an infographic released by Marvel, which tells us the epic battle against the Chitahuri that devastates New York took place back in 2012.

But, here's the kicker: Captain America: Civil War is set in 2016 and we also have to keep in mind that there should only be a few months in between it and Homecoming. To further add to the confusion, another mention made by Vision in Civil War changes the date of the first Iron Man timeline to 2008 when originally it was 2011. Now, Marvel did try to mend slip-up in Infinity War by reestablishing the fact that Avengers is set in 2012 and Infinity War in 2018, although now it's not 100% sure where Homecoming fits.

4.    Avengers: Endgame

To celebrate 11 years since the first Marvel film hit the cinemas, Endgame is an opportunity to revisit the key points in the history of the Avengers through the introduction of time travel. In addition to that, the movie steers away from the tried-and-tested comic book influences and is packed to the brim with clever references to its predecessor.

We find both touching moments like Tony Stark mirroring one of the definitive moments of the MCU when he announces his identity to the world, but also playful ones, such as Morgan Stark's inheriting her father's love of cheeseburgers. Thanks to all of these carefully crafted details, the movie is not only a resounding box office hit, but it also sets the bar pretty high for the superhero genre. A story about sacrifice and perseverance against all odds, Avengers: Endgame is the final chapter in the Infinity Saga, but the MCU lives on.

5.    Spider-Man: Far from Home

Written in a much lighter tone than Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home reasserts Marvel's intention to keep the MCU moving forward, even if most of the heroes have passed or chose to retire. This installment of Spider-Man's adventures finds Peter Parker navigating the treacherous waters of teenage life while simultaneously learning what being a superhero is all about, without the guiding hand of his friend and mentor, Tony Stark.

Thankfully for Spidey, the father role is taken over by Nick Fury, who's even less pleased with the youngster's antics than Tony. The plot also thickens when a post-credits scene reveals the Earth versions of Maria Hill and Nick Fury aren't who we thought they were, and a sequel for it is already in the works. Rumors have it that it will hit cinemas in 2021!

6.    Under development

A number of other Marvel movies have been announced for 2020 and 2021, such as Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse Madness, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The Eternals, Black Widow, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3, Black Panther 2 and the untitled sequel to Spider-Man: Far from Home.

It is, however, too early to tell where exactly these will fit in the MCU chronology at this point. Once these are released in cinemas, we will do our best to update them here as well.


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IBM History Timeline

Founded on May 6, 1911, originally under the name of CTR (Computing Tabulating Recording Company), IBM has survived and thrived for over a century. Throughout the years, the company has not only witnessed major historical events – it’s actually made history. A pioneer of information technology, the International Business Machines Corporation has been constantly bringing innovations to the field, and it now stands at the forefront of a global industry that’s revolutionizing the way people, businesses and organizations operate and thrive. To celebrate the giant’s 106th anniversary, let’s take a look back in time and see how it all started.

IBM History Timeline

The IBM History Timeline illustrates some of the major milestones and accomplishments in the vast history of the company, as well as important innovations and developments it’s brought to the computing industry. From developing the first hard drive and the floppy disk to aiding space exploration and introducing the Watson supercomputer to the world, the corporation has shaped technology as we know it today – no wonder its researchers have earned 5 Nobel Prizes, 6 Turing awards, and 10 National Medals of Technology, to name just a few.

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World Oceans Day History Timeline

Held every year on June 8, World Oceans Day is a UN-recognized celebration dedicated to honoring, protecting and conserving the Earth’s oceans, as well as raising global awareness of the current challenges they are facing. The campaign features a different theme every year, and the day is marked in a variety of ways, from launching new initiatives and developments to educational programs, conservation projects, beach and water cleanups, film festivals, and more.

World Oceans Day Timeline

The World Oceans Day theme for 2017 is “Our Oceans, Our Future,” with a focus on preventing marine litter and managing plastic pollution. Hundreds of events are planned worldwide, and everyone is invited to attend the festivities and programs in their area or even organize their own. To celebrate World Oceans Day, let’s take a brief look at the history of the campaign.

The World Oceans Day Timeline marks major achievements in the history of the event and illustrates all themes explored from 2009 to present day. While the celebration was first proposed and observed unofficially in 1992, the UN recognized it formally only in late 2008. The first official World Oceans Day took place on June 8, 2009, and has since seen impressive growth in terms of awareness and participation. While the first official observance saw approximately 200 events worldwide, by 2015, the number increased to nearly 1,000. Although it didn’t fare as well in terms of on-site involvement compared to 2015, the 2016 edition enjoyed unprecedented online popularity, trending second on Twitter and reaching over 65 million people through the social network.

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