The latest feature from the Science Geek looks at the exploration of the solar system and what we have learned. It begins:
Nearly 40 years ago, on 20 August 1977, the Voyager 2 space probe was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a mission to study the Solar System’s four outermost planets. It was followed 15 days later by the launch of an identical spacecraft, Voyager 1.
Although Voyager 1 was launched after Voyager 2, it followed a different path which meant that it actually visited its first target, the planet Jupiter, four months earlier.
The main focus of the article is the continuing journey of the two Voyager craft whose journeys are shown in this diagram.