The Voyager 1 and 2 unmanned space probes were launched into space in 1977. Voyager 1 was launched on September 5 and Voyager 2 in August. Voyager 1 collected valuable data from its near approaches to Jupiter and Saturn and several of their moons, while Voyager 2 collected similarly valuable data from Uranus, Neptune and their moons. The Voyager probes have so far made possible many astounding discoveries. As of June 2012, Voyager 2 was some 18 billion kilometers from the sun, moving away at a speed (relative to the sun’s position) of 15.46km per second. Onboard both Voyager probes are gold-plated copper records titled ‘Sounds of Earth’. Recorded on them are various sounds from nature as well as greetings in 55 different languages. These recordings were attached to the Voyager probes in anticipation of the possibility of someday being found and decoded by intelligent extraterrestrial life.
Please see the paint guide below for the manufacturer’s suggested colors.
Skill Level: 2
Parabolic Antenna Diameter: 3”
- Painting and assembly required
- 4 sprues
- Molded in high-quality multi-colored plastic
- Includes alien figure and golden record
- Display stand with stainless steel prop
- Optical Calibration Target and Radiator
- Imaging Science System and Photopolarimeter
- Ultraviolet Spectrometer and Infrared Spectrometer and Radiometer
- Cosmic Ray, Plasma Observation system and Low-Energy Charged Particle Detector
- Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator
- Magnetometer Boom and Planetary Radio Astronomy and Plasma Wave Antenna
- Illustrated instructions and paint guide