Voyager Interstellar Mission – the 40th anniversary – an annotated infographic

Later this month it will be the 40th anniversary of the Voyager Interstellar Mission launch. Voyagers 1 and 2 were launched in August 1977 to take advantage of a favourable alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The two spacecraft – sent in opposite directions – have been exploring interstellar space ever since. Voyager 1 and 2 have explored all the giant planets of our outer solar system, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune; 48 of their moons; and the unique system of rings and magnetic fields those planets possess. By the time of the anniversary, Voyager 1 will have traveled … Continue reading Voyager Interstellar Mission – the 40th anniversary – an annotated infographic

NASA’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 reach the edge of our solar system – an annotated graphic

1977 – a momentous year. The Queen’s Silver Jubilee, punk rock, Star Wars, Red Rum, the Yorkshire Ripper, Elvis, Jimmy Carter, Concorde and NASA firing off a couple of spacecraft, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, on a grand tour of known planets and beyond. Now approximately 18 billion kilometres from the Sun, both spacecraft continue to beam back data from their journey as they reach the edge of our solar system, poised at the gateway to interstellar space. Our infographic today details the history of both spacecraft. E&T┬ácovered this news last year and it’s a story worth reading for some … Continue reading NASA’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 reach the edge of our solar system – an annotated graphic