This Is What The World Looked Like When New Horizons Left Earth For Pluto
In 2006, NASA launched the New Horizons spacecraft on a three-billion-mile trip to study Pluto. Here's how much the world has changed since then.
NASA launched a mission to study Pluto on January 19, 2006. On July 14th, 2015, it makes its closest approach to the dwarf planet.
Here's what life was like when it left:
There was no such thing as an iPhone.
Justin Bieber was still doing local talent shows.
The Twitter homepage looked like this:
The NBC sitcom 30 Rock made its debut.
Barack Obama was a freshman U.S. Senator from Illinois lacking any gray hair.
Chris Pratt’s biggest film role to date was a small role in Strangers with Candy.
Neither Grumpy Cat nor Lil Bub existed.
Miley Cyrus had just hit the world stage in the Disney show Hannah Montana.
Kristen Wiig was in her first season on SNL.
MySpace was the most popular website in the world.
Willow and Jaden were babies:
Real Housewives of Orange County was a brand new show.
And, of course, Pluto was actually considered a planet when NASA sent New Horizons on its way.
Keep up the great work, New Horizons!