POST 1900

voyager missions

GOALS


Voyager 1 and 2 were designed to take advantage of a rare global order to explore the outer solar system. Voyager 1 targeted Jupiter and Saturn before continuing on to chart the far edges of our solar system.

KEY DATES



5 Sep 1977 :Launch

5 Mar 1979:Jupiter Flyby

12 Nov 1980:Saturn Flyby

17 Feb: Became most distant human -made object

16 Aug 2006:100 Astronomical Units Reached


Fact


Both Voyagers carry a gold record containing sounds and images selected to illustrate the of life and culture on Earth.


Voyager 1 is in the process of escaping the solar system at a speed of about 523.6 million km per year, or about 1.4 million km per day.




About voyage 1

In 1980 voyager 1 took first images of Saturn and its rings .

About voyage 2

In 1977 voyage 2 was lunched to study outer space .In 1986 voyager 2 approuches Uranus and Neptune.Also in 1989 voyager 2 flies to Neptune and discovered whats there today . In 1977 the voyager 2 Uranus's rings .

About both voyages

Launches

Both voyagers were launched at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida.Voyager 1 & 2 were launched on a journey to explore the gas giants and beyond. Today, the voyager giants are still going .When ready for launch, the two Voyager crafts were identical to each other, they both weighed 722 kilograms and carried the same instruments including magnetometer, cosmic ray detector, plasma detector, photopolarimeter, infrared interferometer, spectrometer, radiometer, ultraviolet spectrometer, low energy charged particle detector and plasma wave detector.

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