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Thursday, 13 June 2013

13 June 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Voyager Spacecraft: 35 Years of Flight in the Cosmic Expanse

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Voyager Spacecraft

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“I think that we probably need to send something out there, because the only way to that we’re ever going to find out anything… is to try whatever we can. Anyway, for me, it’s better to be destroyed by aliens than to never know that they exist!”

Abigail Harrison

Minnesota high school student, aspiring cosmonaut

For 35 years, NASA interplanetary probesVoyager 1” and “Voyager 2” sent to earth valuable images of the most-distant planets of the Solar System, and became the first spacecraft to reach previously-unknown regions of space. Our RIA-Novosti infographic gives you some of the most-relevant information about the spaceships and their research programme. NASA launched unmanned space probes “Voyager 1″ and “Voyager 2″ in 1977 within 16 days from the launch site at Cape Kennedy (Cape Canaveral FL USA) in a space research programme to study Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. To fulfil this mission, the ships were built with an expected lifespan of five years. However, in the course of the flight, when the craft met their planned objectives, it appeared possible that they could manage a close flypast of two more giant planets… Uranus and Neptune. In the summer of 1989, “Voyager 1″ became the first spacecraft to explore this planet. “Voyager 2″ flew over Neptune next, with a flight-path some 4,950 kilometres (3,076 miles) above its north pole. As the probes flew through the Solar System, NASA reprogrammed many of their functions, so, the “Voyagers” eventually possessed greater resources than those with which they started. Their five-year life span stretched out to twelve years or more. As a result, they examined all the giant planets of the Solar System, 48 of their natural satellites, the system of rings, and their magnetic fields.

Aspiring cosmonaut Abigail Harrison on the Voyager mission and on the need to send space probes beyond the solar system

On why “Voyager 1″ may be the first and the last messenger of mankind in the universe, read this article by Ilya Ferapontov

More about the “Voyager” space exploration programme

27 May 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/infografika/20130527/939732712.html

http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20130528/181388804/Voyager-Spacecraft-Lost-in-Space-for-35-Years.html

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