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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.

Posted on July 13, 2015, at 2:01 p.m. ET

NASA launched a mission to study Pluto on January 19, 2006. On July 14th, 2015, it makes its closest approach to the dwarf planet.

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Here's what life was like when it left:

1. There was no such thing as an iPhone.

....Or Angry Birds, Words With Friends, or "apps" in general, really.
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....Or Angry Birds, Words With Friends, or "apps" in general, really.

2. Justin Bieber was still doing local talent shows.

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3. The Twitter homepage looked like this:

4. The NBC sitcom 30 Rock made its debut.

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5. Barack Obama was a freshman U.S. Senator from Illinois lacking any gray hair.

6. Taylor Swift was a country star who had just released her first album.

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7. Netflix was a DVD delivery service only.

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8. Chris Pratt’s biggest film role to date was a small role in Strangers with Candy.

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9. Neither Grumpy Cat nor Lil Bub existed.

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10. Miley Cyrus had just hit the world stage in the Disney show Hannah Montana.

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11. Kristen Wiig was in her first season on SNL.

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12. MySpace was the most popular website in the world.

13. Willow and Jaden were babies:

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14. Real Housewives of Orange County was a brand new show.

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15. And, of course, Pluto was actually considered a planet when NASA sent New Horizons on its way.

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Keep up the great work, New Horizons!

Pluto as seen from New Horizons on July 11, 2015.
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Pluto as seen from New Horizons on July 11, 2015.

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