Wow! Launched on 05 September 1977 Voyager 1 is still flying after 40 years! Congratulations to the Voyager program and NASA!
The image above is the Voyager 40th Anniversary disco poster. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech and you can get your own by clicking here.
If by chance you are near Washington DC and can get to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum you can attend the live public event commemorating the event. Most of us will of course not make the journey but no matter we can watch the event live on NASA TV.
Here’s the details from NASA including a link to the live feed:
NASA and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will celebrate 40 years of the Voyager 1 & 2 spacecraft — humanity’s farthest and longest-lived mission — with a public event at 12:30 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Sept. 5.
The observance will take place at the National Air and Space Museum located at Independence Avenue at 6th street SW in Washington. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s website.
Activities will include panel discussions about the Voyagers’ creation and mission history, their unprecedented science findings and imagery, impact on Earth’s culture and how the spacecraft inspired countless scientists, engineers and the next generation of explorers. The event also will include a galactic message transmitted toward the Voyager 1 spacecraft by a celebrity guest.
The Voyagers’ original mission was to explore Jupiter and Saturn. Although the twin spacecraft are now far beyond the planets in the solar system, NASA continues to communicate with them daily as they explore the frontier where interstellar space begins.
Participants in the Sept. 5 event are:
- Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
- Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist, Caltech, Pasadena, California
- Suzanne Dodd, Voyager project manager, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena
- Gary Flandro, Voyager Mission Grand Tour creator, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Alan Cummings, Voyager researcher, Caltech
- Ann Druyan, writer/producer, Golden Record Visionary
- Morgan Cable, researcher, JPL
- Eric Zirnstein, researcher, Princeton University, New Jersey
- Matthew Shindell, curator, National Air and Space Museum