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The Interstellar Age - The Story of the NASA Men and Women Who Flew the Forty-Year Voyager Mission

Jim Bell

The story of the men and women who drove the Voyager spacecraft mission- told by a scientist who was there from the beginning. The Voyager spacecraft are our farthest-flung emissaries-11.3 billion miles away from the crew who built and still operate them, decades since their launch. Voyager 1 left the solar system in 2012; its sister craft, Voyager 2, will do so in 2015. The fantastic journey began in 1977, before the first episode of Cosmos aired. The mission was planned as a grand tour beyond the moon; beyond Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn; and maybe even into interstellar space. The fact that it actually happened makes this humanity's greatest space mission. In The Interstellar Age, award-winning planetary scientist Jim Bell reveals what drove and continues to drive the members of this extraordinary team, including Ed Stone, Voyager's chief scientist and the one-time head of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab; Charley Kohlhase, an orbital dynamics engineer who helped to design many of the critical slingshot maneuvers around planets that enabled the Voyagers to travel so far; and the geologist whose Earth-bound experience would prove of little help in interpreting the strange new landscapes revealed in the Voyagers' astoundingly clear images of moons and planets. Speeding through space at a mind-bending eleven miles a second, Voyager 1 is now beyond our solar system's planets. It carries with it artifacts of human civilization. By the time Voyager passes its first star in about 40,000 years, the gold record on the spacecraft, containing various music and images including Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," will still be playable.

The story of the men and women who drove the Voyager spacecraft mission- told by a scientist who was there from the beginning. The Voyager spacecraft are our farthest-flung emissaries-11.3 billion miles away from the crew who built and still operate them, decades since their launch. Voyager 1 left the solar system in 2012; its sister craft, Voyager 2, will do so in 2015. The fantastic journey began in 1977, before the first episode of Cosmos aired. The mission was planned as a grand tour beyond the moon; beyond Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn; and maybe even into interstellar space. The fact that it actually happened makes this humanity's greatest space mission. In The Interstellar Age, award-winning planetary scientist Jim Bell reveals what drove and continues to drive the members of this extraordinary team, including Ed Stone, Voyager's chief scientist and the one-time head of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab; Charley Kohlhase, an orbital dynamics engineer who helped to design many of the critical slingshot maneuvers around planets that enabled the Voyagers to travel so far; and the geologist whose Earth-bound experience would prove of little help in interpreting the strange new landscapes revealed in the Voyagers' astoundingly clear images of moons and planets. Speeding through space at a mind-bending eleven miles a second, Voyager 1 is now beyond our solar system's planets. It carries with it artifacts of human civilization. By the time Voyager passes its first star in about 40,000 years, the gold record on the spacecraft, containing various music and images including Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," will still be playable.
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The story of the men and women who drove the Voyager spacecraft mission- told by a scientist who was there from the beginning. The Voyager spacecraft are our farthest-flung emissaries-11.3 billion miles away from the crew who built and still operate them, decades since their launch. Voyager 1 left the solar system in 2012; its sister craft, Voyager 2, will do so in 2015. The fantastic journey began in 1977, before the first episode of Cosmos aired. The mission was planned as a grand tour beyond the moon; beyond Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn; and maybe even into interstellar space. The fact that it actually happened makes this humanity's greatest space mission. In The Interstellar Age, award-winning planetary scientist Jim Bell reveals what drove and continues to drive the members of this extraordinary team, including Ed Stone, Voyager's chief scientist and the one-time head of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab; Charley Kohlhase, an orbital dynamics engineer who helped to design many of the critical slingshot maneuvers around planets that enabled the Voyagers to travel so far; and the geologist whose Earth-bound experience would prove of little help in interpreting the strange new landscapes revealed in the Voyagers' astoundingly clear images of moons and planets. Speeding through space at a mind-bending eleven miles a second, Voyager 1 is now beyond our solar system's planets. It carries with it artifacts of human civilization. By the time Voyager passes its first star in about 40,000 years, the gold record on the spacecraft, containing various music and images including Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," will still be playable.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 45m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:15


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:40


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:30


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:44


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:21


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:42


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:57


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:22


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:08


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:34


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:15


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:56


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:00


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:30


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:45


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:44


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:07


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:01


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:04


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:34


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:22


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:50


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:07


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:39


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:44


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:19


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:11


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:36


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:34


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:14


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:43


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:17


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:06


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:51


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:25


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:21


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:48


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:20


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:51


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:32


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:53


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:29


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

00:33