NASA decided to do something special for the 40th anniversary of its Voyager probes which falls on this very day, Tuesday, September 05. This date marks the launch in space of these spacecraft. It is also the start of what is held as being one of the most ambitious projects of the aerospace company to date.
So NASA decided to celebrate this milestone by sharing it with the public thanks to two online resources: a series of three, retro-looking posters, and mission statements from the team.
The Two Voyager Probes: Turning 40 and Still Going Strong
The two Voyager probes, named Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, were launched on August 20, 1977, and September 05, 1977 respectively two weeks apart. They set out to study the planets of our solar system and then head towards its edge.
While the Voyager 2 set out first, the Voyager 1 spacecraft is faster, so it is now farther away from our planet than its sister-probe. Back in 2013, the Voyager 1 was reported to have reached interstellar space. Voyager 2 is presently sailing through the solar material which marks the limit between our solar system and the interstellar space.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of its spacecraft, NASA’s “The Studio” created a series of three, poster-sized illustrations. The Studio is a team of visual strategists part of the Jet Propulsion Lab or JPL. Their latest creations are free for download and ready for print, poster-sized.
One of the three Voyager posters celebrates the probes using the design style of the 1970s, the decade when they were launched. Another honors their “grand tour” of the planets as they were heading towards the edge of the system. The third poster takes a more classy approach and shows the dark silhouette of the probe against a starry sky night.
The other media source offers an insightful look at the mission provided by the engineers, scientists, and all others that contributed to it over its four decades history. These were asked by JPL officials to share “their most memorable Voyager moment”. Then, the results of this walk down memory lane were posted on the JPL website.
Image Source: JPL/NASA