Cheers, Voyager: 35 Years of Exploration

Listening to Voyager Tales As part of a celebration of 35 years of flight for NASA's Voyager spacecraft, a crowd of engineers and scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., gather at von Karman auditorium to listen to insider stories about Voyager. At the top right of the picture is a full-size model of Voyager. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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September 05, 2012

What would a birthday party be without cake, music and toasts? Thirty-five years ago today, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft launched on its mission of exploration. It is now the most distant human-made object and the second-longest operating spacecraft. (Voyager 2 is the longest.) NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., which manages the Voyager spacecraft, held a celebration today.

The celebration included remarks by Charles Elachi, the director of JPL; Ed Stone, the Voyager project scientist; Ann Druyan, the creative director of the interstellar message project inscribed on the Golden Record that each Voyager spacecraft bears; Stephanie Wilson, an astronaut and former JPL employee; local dignitaries and others who have played key roles in operating the spacecraft through the years. A band led by a Voyager engineer also played "Johnny B. Goode," one of the songs from the Golden Record. The Golden Record is a 12-inch, gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth.

The Voyager spacecraft were built by JPL, which continues to operate both. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology. The Voyager missions are a part of the NASA Heliophysics System Observatory, sponsored by the Heliophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate in Washington.
For more information about the Voyager spacecraft, visit: and

Jia-Rui Cook 818-354-0850
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.



Cheers to Voyager

NASA Astronaut Stephanie Wilson celebrates the 35th anniversary of NASA's Voyager mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., as Voyager project scientist Edward Stone looks on from the right. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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