Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Earth

Voyager turns 45: what the iconic mission taught us and what’s next

Forty-five years ago, on August 20, 1977, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard the Titan III-Centaurus rocket, to begin the “grand day” of the solar system. trip,” which includes visits to the Jupiter and Saturn systems, and will make it the first spacecraft to visit the ice giants Uranus and Neptune and their moons.

Voyager 2 Now 12.1 billion miles (19.5 billion kilometers) from Earth, and still sending back data about the distant and unknown heliopause, scientists are beginning to wonder how long the iconic space probe can continue to operate.

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