20th August 1977 – Voyager 2 launched

Voyager 2 was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 20th August 1977. Voyager 2 conducted a planetary grand tour of the solar system visiting Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Voyager

After 30 years Voyager 2 and her sister probe Voyager 1 are still active and sending back data from the extremes of our solar system.

I was with a group of Norwegian amateur astronomers that visited JPL in Pasadena California around the time of Voyager’s closest approach to Neptune on 25th August 1989. It was a memorable trip which included visits to Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas, Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.

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