Voyager

  • If you are a space agency hoping to visit the planets of our solar system, there may be no better time to do it than when the orbits of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto bring them into a tight and neat formation. This rare planetary alignment occurs only once every 175 years, and as NASA embarked on a new chapter of space exploration under President Richard Nixon in the 1970s, it was presented with a unique opportunity. The result was the Voyager mission, humankind’s most epic astronomical adventure to date.
  • NASA engineers are conducting an extremely long-range reconfiguring of the space agency's two 42-year-old Voyager deep-space probes to extend their service lives by cutting back and reallocating heating resources.
  • Reset your interplanetary watches because data from NASA's Cassini probe has finally answered the question of how long a day on Saturn is. Using the planet's giant rings as a natural seismograph, a team of scientist calculated that Saturn rotates once every 10 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds.
  • Saturn's rings may not only vanish in 100 million years, but they may have only been around for as little as 10 million years. Using data gathered in the last days of NASA's Cassini mission, a team has concluded that the rings may have been created sometime between 10 and 100 million years ago.
  • Voyager 2 spacecraft may have finally passed into interstellar space according to a new NASA announcement. At a distance of a little over 11 billion miles from Earth, the probe is now thought to have slipped out of the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields emanating from our star.
  • After 40 years of zipping through the solar system, Voyager 2 appears to be close to leaving the neighborhood. The probe’s instruments have begun picking up radiation signals that suggest it is breaking out of the Sun’s protective bubble, and will soon join its sibling in interstellar space.
  • According to a new study, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (GRS) is growing taller as the storm’s perimeter continues to shrink. The GRS is a colossal swirling storm that has been raging continuously on Jupiter’s cloud surface since its discovery in 1831.
  • After almost four decades of dormancy, NASA has ordered the Voyager 1 deep space probe to fire a set of thrusters that have been inactive for 37 years. It's part of an effort to keep the unmanned explorer functional for up to an additional three years as it speeds into interstellar space.
  • Voyager 1 has already racked up an impressive resume to which can be added songwriter. Using data from the unmanned spacecraft, Dr Domenico Vicinanza and Dr Genevieve Williams have created a musical composition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the pathfinding mission.
  • An all-star cast of spacecraft has teamed up from across the Solar System. After a CME erupted from the Sun in October 2014, its journey through space was tracked by Curiosity, Rosetta, Cassini, New Horizons and possibly even Voyager 2, allowing astronomers to study the phenomenon in detail.
  • Forty years ago, two explorers set out to shed light on the mysteries of the Solar System, getting up close and personal with our distant neighbors. Today both pioneers are still operating and heading out of our solar system to explore further than any spacecraft ever launched.
  • ​NASA has released a composite image created from observations made by the Voyager 2 probe and the Hubble Space Telescope, displaying intense auroras glowing in the atmosphere of the icy planet Uranus.