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Voyager spacecraft. Computer artwork of a Voyager spacecraft passing out of our solar system. Two Voyager spacecraft were launched in 1977, taking advantage of a rare alignment of the giant outer planets that made it possible to visit them in a single mission. Over the next twelve years the probes successfully carried out fly-by surveys of the Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune systems. A wealth of images and scientific data was beamed back to Earth using their dish antennae (yellow). The spacecraft have exceeded the escape velocity for the solar system, and continue to beam back data as they head out into interstellar space.
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