Unmanned Space Mission- Presentation by Rich B.
Monday, Sep. 5th 1977 at 1pm
Cape Canaveral, FL, United States
Cape Canaveral, FL
The objective of the Voyager Interstellar Mission was, and still is to “extend the NASA exploration of the solar system beyond the neighborhood of the outer planets to outer limits of the Sun’s sphere of influence, and possibly beyond.” It launched 16 days after the Voyager 2. In the 1990's, the Voyager 1 passed the Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11. It became the most "...distant human made object from Earth." In December of 2004, it crossed the termination shock, and the solar wind slowed it to "subsonic speed." In 2010, the Voyager 1 "reported that the outward velocity of the solar wind had dropped to zero, and scientists predicted it was nearing interstellar space." In June of 2012, it was close to enters interstellar space. “In August 2012, Voyager 1 made the historic entry into interstellar space, the region between stars, filled with material ejected by the death of nearby stars millions of years ago.” As of 2015 both the Voyagers "continue to monitor conditions in the outer expanses of the Solar System. The Voyager spacecraft are expected to be able to operate science instruments through 2020, when limited power will require instruments to be deactivated one by one. Sometime around 2025, there will no longer be sufficient power to operate any science instruments."
The Golden Record
- "The Space: 1999 episode Voyager's Return featured two fictional 1985 space probes, called Voyager One and Voyager Two (not "1" and "2"). This episode was aired two years prior to the launch of the real Voyager craft."
- "Star Trek: The Motion Picture featured a fictional Voyager probe, Voyager 6, making contact with a planet of living machines and returning to earth to fulfill the machine entity's interpretation of its mission."
- "Starman features a scout from an alien race who comes to visit Earth after their race encounters Voyager 2 and listens to the golden record."
- "Voyager 1." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 11 May 2016.
- "THE MISSION." Voyager. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 May 2016.