What 40 Years in Space Can Teach Us
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 662 , Segment 3
Episode: Catalan Independence, Genetics of Divorce, Voyager Spacecraft
- Oct 17, 2017 11:00 pm
- 17:02 mins
Guest: Fran Bagenal, PhD, Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder The man-made object that has travelled farthest into space launched from Cape Canaveral on September 5, 1977. Voyager 1 and its companion craft Voyager 2 had a pretty straight forward initial mission – explore Jupiter and Saturn. They accomplished that within five years. And since then, it’s been a giant bonus bag of space insight. Remarkably, these two spacecraft are still communicating with Earth. Even though they’re 10 billion miles away and were built back when computers filled an entire room and phones were connected to actual wires.