Voyager's Interstellar Mission
Aug. 16 & 17
The Voyager mission legacy cannot be understated. The twin spacecraft gave us remarkable views of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, unlike anything we had seen before, and paved the way for further exploration; the Galileo and Cassini spacecraft were direct descendants of the Voyager probes. Approaching their thirty-fifth anniversary, the Voyager twins continue to send us data from the farthest reaches of our solar system, at once enforcing and rewriting theories about this previously unexplored region. As they travel ever further, escaping all but our Sun’s constant but waning gravitational tug, the mission planners look forward to the next 10 – 15 years to hopefully witness the first spacecraft enter true, interstellar space.
Dr. Alan Cummings
Member of the Professional Staff, Senior Scientist, Caltech