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Voyager Probes

Voyager 1 and 2 conducted a “grand tour” of the outer planets during the 1970s and ’80s. Voyager 1 flew past Jupiter and Saturn, discovering new moons and rings, compiling movies of the motions of both planets’ atmospheres, and conducting other observations. Voyager 2 followed the same path, but was then targeted to fly past Uranus and Neptune. Its encounters provided the first detailed looks at both giant planets and their moons. No other spacecraft has flown past either planet. Both Voyagers still operate today, and have detected signs of the “edge” of the solar system.

Resources

Jupiter's Moons February 19, 2016

Uranus

Uranus February 10, 2016

Jupiter

Jupiter February 10, 2016

Featured Images

Composite view showing plumes of water eruption from Jupiter's moon Europa

Wet Moon September 26, 2016

Voyager 2 view of Neptune

Blue Planet 2 September 1, 2016

Jovian Rings March 9, 2016

Voyager 1 view of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Long-Lasting Storm August 18, 2014

Voyager 1 view of Jupiter's cloudsk

Artistic Clouds November 1, 2012

A Voyager spacecraft and the cover of a record of Earth sights and sounds

Words From Home August 20, 2012

Voyager mission enhanced-color image of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Planetary Impressionism February 26, 2012

Voyager 2 view of the Adams Ring at Neptune

Pulverized Moon August 22, 2011

Voyager 1 view of Saturn, November 1980

Getting Acquainted November 12, 2010

Radio Programs

More Neptune at Opposition Spotting a blemish on a giant planet September 2, 2016

Moon and Jupiter Entering Jupiter’s magnetic 'bubble'... May 14, 2016

More Plutonium Powering up trips to deep space February 25, 2016

Neptune at Opposition Lining up a blue-green giant August 26, 2014

Moons of Neptune Moons come, moons go August 25, 2014

Voyager 2 at Neptune A first glance at a giant world August 24, 2014

Distant Borders Crossing a distant border May 18, 2014

Uranus at Opposition II A giant entourage for a giant planet October 1, 2013

Neptune at Opposition Probing deep into a planet’s atmosphere August 25, 2013

At the Edge At the edge of the solar system June 7, 2013

‘Titanic’ Discoveries II Getting to know a distant moon November 19, 2012

Voyagers Beginning a voyage to the stars August 19, 2012

Near the Edge Nearing the edge of the solar system November 13, 2011