VIDEO: NASA’s Voyager Still Reaching For Stars After 40 Years, Launched From Cape Canaveral
By NASA // August 3, 2017
Humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft
ABOVE VIDEO: Humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, achieve 40 years of operation and exploration this August and September.
(NASA) – Humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, achieve 40 years of operation and exploration this August and September.
Both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were launched in 1977 on Titan IIIE rockets from Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 41.
Despite their vast distance, they continue to communicate with NASA daily, still probing the final frontier.
Their story has not only impacted generations of current and future scientists and engineers, but also Earth’s culture, including film, art and music. Each spacecraft carries a Golden Record of Earth sounds, pictures and messages.
Since the spacecraft could last billions of years, these circular time capsules could one day be the only traces of human civilization.
“I believe that few missions can ever match the achievements of the Voyager spacecraft during their four decades of exploration,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA Headquarters.
“They have educated us to the unknown wonders of the universe and truly inspired humanity to continue to explore our solar system and beyond.”
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