As the spacecrafts advanced in our solar system, the story they where telling us,
I followed that mission the best I could do over 20 years ago.
But there was a sparse coverage in the media, but I was reading many scientific magasines
about the mission.
Today with the Internet, and that wealth of information we can capture it is great
to follow the science and exploration in space.
And not to forget a forum where we can share and discuss our opinions and experience.
Thank you Mark Carey and Richard FMR !
As you said ups : "Truly hard to believe they are still producing such solid science decades after being launched."
Yes, it was really a big engineering craft and effort to make a such spacecraft.
After some Goooooogling I found this from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_1
Voyager 1 was originally planned as Mariner 11 of the Mariner program.
From the outset, it was designed to take advantage of the then-new technique of gravity assist.
By fortuitous chance, the development of interplanetary probes coincided with an alignment of the planets
called the Grand Tour. The Grand Tour was a linked series of gravity assists that, with only the minimal fuel
needed for course corrections, would enable a single probe to visit all four of the
solar system's gas giant planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
The identical Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes were designed with the
Grand Tour in mind, and their launches were timed to enable the Grand Tour if desired.
Here is a streaming video I'd like to share.
You must have Real Player (
installed to your system.
and now the video ...
Voyager The Grand Tour.