September 5th, 2007

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This Day in History, 1977: Voyager 1 Launched

On September 5, 1977, thirty years ago today, Voyager 1 began its journey to explore our solar system. Today, it continues to fly through space, bringing a message of humanity's existence to the stars.

I remember the excitement of growing up during this mission, as we got to learn about the planets of the outer solar system and what they looked like up close. The first good pictures of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune all came from the Voyager missions.

Godspeed, Voyager 1.

(For more information, see NASA's Website on Voyager.)