Voyager MissionDescribe the mission. What are the mission objectives? Describe the sensors/ data. What country or countries worked on the project? What has been learned from the mission?...

Voyager Mission

Describe the mission.

What are the mission objectives?

Describe the sensors/ data.

What country or countries worked on the project?

What has been learned from the mission?

What is unique/ intereseting for this mission? 

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The Voyager Program was a set of two unmanned probes that were sent into space to collect data about all the giant planets, 48 of their moons, the unique system of rings and magnetic fields those planets possess, and the outer limits of the Sun's sphere of influence.  The probes were called Voyager 1 and Voyager 2.  The Voyager probes were built by Jet Propulsion Laboratories and funded by NASA.

"Voyager is essentially a scaled-back version of the Grand Tour program of the late 1960s and early 1970s." The Grand Tour was meant to probe the outer planets and send back data.  In the 1990's Voyager 1 became the farthest man made object from earth.

"Electrical power is supplied by three radioisotope thermoelectric generators. (RTGs). They are powered by plutonium-238." For more technological data see the websites below.

An interesting fact is that both Voyager probes carry messages for any life forms they may encounter.  The message is carried on a phonograph records and contains sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth.

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