Voyager turns 45: What the iconic mission taught us and what’s next

Forty-five years ago, on August 20, 1977, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on a Titan III-Centaur rocket, embarking on a “grand tour” of the solar system which would include visits to Jupiter and Saturn and make it the first spacecraft to visit the ice giants Uranus and Neptune and their moons.

Traveler 2 is now 12.1 billion miles (19.5 billion kilometers) away and still returning data from the distant and unknown heliopause, and scientists are beginning to wonder how long the iconic space probe can go on.

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