Voyager at 34

Roamy here. I saw this article at NASASpaceFlight (not an official NASA webpage, but a darn good resource for technical info) on Voyager turning 34 last Saturday. I wrote about the long travels of the Pioneer and Voyager probes here.

Provided there are no major systems malfunctions and no collisions with other space bodies, Voyager 2 is expected to continue transmitting data back to Earth until at least 2025 – over 48 years after its launch and well after it exits the solar system and enters interstellar space.

In other unmanned exploration news, Juno’s solar panels unfurled without a hitch, and the Dawn spacecraft has completed two passes over the illuminated side of Vesta. Here’s a peek at Vesta, taken August 11.