Wednesday, 5 September 2007

I Grew Up With The Planets

I really think I did. This story is a stroll down memory lane for me.

Voyager 1 reached Jupiter on March 5, 1979, but as early as January, its images exceeded the quality of anything ever taken from Earth. No terrestrial-based telescope could capture the subtle swirling atmosphere seen in this Voyager 1 image. The spacecraft recorded enormous lightning storms crackling in the high atmosphere.

The first spacecraft captured 19,000 images and many other scientific measurements of Jupiter. Voyager 2 brought the total to 33,000 images. In just a few months, the twin spacecraft overturned existing theories, and raised new questions about Jupiter and its moons.
I used to spend hours glued to the images, I remember Horizon did some specials on the voyagers.

Probably the greatest voyage of exploration in human history.

Better than a burning bush.

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