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A 12-inch gold plated copper disc, known as the Golden Record, was sent aboard Voyager 1, and its sister ship Voyager 2, just in case there was anyone out there to listen. Each contains greetings in 60 languages, music samples, natural and human made sounds, and electronic information that an advanced technological civilization could convert into diagrams and photographs. (photo courtesy NASA) Taken on October 18, 1980, this color enhanced image of Saturn was taken by Voyager 1, 25 days before its closest approach to the planet. (photo courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NM Museum of Space Presents A Long Way From Home: Trip of the Voyager Spacecraft

Launched just days apart, the Voyager spacecraft are celebrating their respective fortieth anniversaries and are both on track to become the most distant human made objects in space.

Their missions were to explore the giant planets of our solar system then continue on to where no spacecraft has flown before – interstellar space.

For four decades, the Voyager spacecraft have been successfully transmitting data to the Deep Space Network. What have they been telling us and where exactly are they going? Join Museum Curator Sue Taylor as she shares with you the journey and mission of these extraordinary space probes during the free Launch Pad Lecture on Friday, September 1, beginning at 9:00 am on the museum’s first floor.

A small sample of original photographs – including the famous Family Portrait of the solar system – will be shown at the lecture.

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9 a.m. on the Museum’s first floor on the first Friday of each month. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation.

The next Launch Pad Lecture will be on October 6, 2017, and the topic will be Sputnik: The Beep Heard Round the World with Museum Education Director Dave Dooling.

The Launch Pad Lectures are streamed live on Periscope and are available on the museum’s YouTube channel.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website or ‘Like’ their facebook page.

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