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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.)


I can remember back in 1978 or 1979 (probably the latter) clipping Voyager images of Jupiter from the newspaper into a scrapbook I was keeping. I was 6 or 7 years old at the time and it really was exciting.
It was such an exciting time when those Earth-based photos of the big planets were suddenly replaced with high-res images revealing details we would never have imagined. Jupiter has a ring! Saturn has tiny ice moons! And all those images of the moons... good stuff.
I was so thrilled by the Voyager program when I was young. I was sure that this was just the beginning of an ever-accelerating space program. *sigh* I thought we'd have done so much more by now.
Oh, Voyager.

How I still love thee.
Oh, wow. It's been a long time. I somehow missed the Jupiter pictures (I probably didn't watch the news at that age), but I remember seeing the first Saturn pictures on the news and being fascinated and awe-struck.
On September 5, 2007, thirty years ago today, Voyager 1 began ...

Shouldn't that be "On September 5, 1977..."?
Fixed. Thanks.

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