Essay On Voyager 1

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Humans know a lot about space from years of research and scientific discovery, but there is still a lot that is unknown. Our human curiosity and ambition has combined over the years to advance our pursuit the discovery of new astronomical findings. One such ongoing effort is the Voyager Program. Two space probes, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, were launched in the late 1970s to collect data about our solar system. Voyager 2 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on August 20, 1977. Voyager 1 was also launched from the Kennedy Space Center 15 days after Voyager 2 on September 5, 1977. The reason for the seemingly backwards numbering is that they weren’t labeled based on launch date but rather by which probe would first make it to the location of its primary mission. Voyager 1 had a primary mission of exploring the inner Jovian planets Jupiter and Saturn, while …show more content…
This device is also interested in analyzing the magnetospheres of the planets. Specifically, it also collected data about the physics of the magnetospheres, as well as the density of the electrons within it. It was able to use this data to compare the magnetospheres of Jupiter and Saturn. It also collected data on wave-particle interaction. Scientists currently believe that light is both a wave and a particle, a concept that has yet to be fully understood, which is why data of this variety is a valuable collection. Both plasma wave systems are still collecting data, although the system on Voyager 2 has been partially disabled.
The third-to-last device on the probes is the radio science system. Using radio waves, this device was able to obtain information about the make-up of the planets and other space objects, including their mass, densities, gravitational fields, and atmospheric composition. This was also useful in determining the size and distance of Saturn’s rings and the objects that compose them. Neither radio science system is still collecting

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