Voyager 2

Voyager Spacecraft Voyager Spacecraft

An artist's concept of the Voyager spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mission Summary

The Voyager 2 spacecraft, which has been in operation since 1977 and is the only spacecraft to have ever visited Uranus and Neptune, is currently making its way to interstellar space, where its twin spacecraft, Voyager 1, has resided since August 2012. During its travels through the outer solar system, Voyager 2 visited all four gas giant planets, and also discovered and photographed many of the planets' moons.

The spacecraft's flyby of Neptune in 1989 set it on a course below the elliptic plane that will eventually take it to interstellar space. In 1998, engineers switched off the spacecraft's nonessential instruments to conserve power. Data from at least some of the six instruments still in operation should be received until at least 2025.

Scientific Instrument(s)

- Imaging system
- Infrared interferometer spectrometer
- Ultraviolet spectrometer
- Triaxial fluxgate magnetometer
- Plasma spectrometer
- Low-energy charged particles detectors
- Cosmic Ray System (CRS)
- Photopolarimeter System (PPS)
- Plasma Wave System (PWS)


Type: Flyby
 
Status: Current
 
Launch Date: August 20, 1977
10:29 a.m. EDT (14:29 UTC)
 
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
 
Target: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
 
Destination: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
 
Artist's rendering of NASA's ISS-RapidScat instrument (inset) NASA's Wind-Watching ISS-RapidScat Ready for Launch

› Read more

This image from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shows the NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Arrives at Martian Mountain

› Read more

Distinct Terrains on Rosetta's Comet First Map of Rosetta's Comet

› Read more