Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Dave Shaddix built this Voyager probe, which is currently on display at the Challenger Space Center in Arizona. Voyager 1 and 2 were NASA probes launched in 1977 and sent to visit the gas giants. Both probes flew past Jupiter and Saturn, sending back amazing pictures. If you were around in 1979-1981, you may well remember these TV specials where Carl Sagan discussed the images and new discoveries. Voyager 2 then went on to fly past Uranus and Neptune in 1986 and 1989, still the only probe to give close views of those two planets. Both probes headed on into deep space and continue to send back data. Voyager 1 is the furthest manmade object from earth, and has passed the bounds of the solar system to send back data about the interstellar regions of space.

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