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1977: Space Probe Voyager 2 Launched

1977: Space Probe Voyager 2 Launched
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/ Cover of the Voyager Golden Record

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  • Historical event:
  • 20 August 1977
  • It is interesting to note that Voyager 2 (as well as Voyager 1) carries the so-called “Golden Record” (the gold-plated copper disk which contains images, greetings, sounds, compositions of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, etc.). Carl Sagan developed the idea for this project.

This day in 1977 marked the launch of the space probe Voyager 2, one of the most distant human-made objects (distance of 106.65 AU from the Sun).

Voyager 2 travels through space, and its nuclear power sources supply the necessary electrical energy. Therefore, it can send back scientific data, although it is more than 15 billion kilometers away from the Earth (it has been working as described for more than three and a half decades).

It is interesting to note that Voyager 2 (as well as Voyager 1) carries the so-called “Golden Record” (the gold-plated copper disk which contains images, greetings, sounds, compositions of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven etc.). Carl Sagan developed the idea for this project.

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