Now Voyager

Apologies for being behind the curve on this one, as you can obviously tell I have been rather neglectful on here for a while. But hopefully that will all change.

On September 5 1977 a Titan Centaur rocket blasted off from launch complex 41. On board it carried a 1500lb mass of scientific instruments, wires and communication devices. The craft was the the first of two probes known as Voyager.

The mission of these probes was to voyage into the solar system the first of these probes was to fly by Jupiter and then Saturn and using the massive gravity of both fly at speed out into deep space. One of the people behind the programme was a Scientist at Cornell University his name, Carl Sagan.

In his landmark Series ‘Cosmos’ Sagan compared Voyager to the early explorers, men like Columbus  and Magellan who left port and charted seas unknown. Now Voyager is now leaving the Solar system, like those before her she is leaving port and like those before her, she will never return. On board is a message a collection of images and sounds, from greetings in the languages of Earth to music representing the stages of our development (although according to some sources some Bach is missing as Sagan didn’t want to “show off”) it’s “a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours.

Voyager is one of mankind’s greatest achievements it will last forever and it is charting seas of space giving us valuable information 35 years it has lasted longer than Sagan but for him “Science is a collaborative enterprise, spanning the generations. When it permits us to see the far side of some new horizon, we remember those who prepared the way – seeing for them also.”

And the most remarkable aspect of this ongoing mission

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