45 yrs in orbit NASA Voyager2 still out

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched from Earth over 45 years ago on a mission to the outer planets and beyond. Right now, the adventure is still in progress.

Voyager 2 the first of the mission's two spacecraft was launched on August 20th, 1977 To exploit the gravitational pull of one planet to push itself to another it required a unique planetary alignment

Voyager 2 carried on the Voyager project's investigation of Uranus and Neptune, because the original Voyager mission was only able to investigate Jupiter and Saturn.

On September 5 of the same year, Voyager 1 was launched into orbit When NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory mission designers realised that the upcoming alignment of the outer planets,

They started preparing for the Voyager mission in the late 1970s, anticipating a rare event that only occurs once in 175 years.

The use of this alignment was made possible by the technology available at the time. A spacecraft was sent via Jupiter, used Saturn's gravity to visit Saturn, and then the process was repeated

Voyager 2 was launched from Launch Complex 21 at the Florida-based Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (formerly known as Cape Canaveral Air Force Station).

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