The new NASA Voyager 1 & 2 Owners’ Workshop Manual from Haynes celebrates the two Voyager Missions’ extraordinary contribution to space exploration for almost 40 years.
In 1977, NASA sent two probes – Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 – to study the outer planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and their moons. Each probe carried a wealth of scientific instruments, sending data back to Earth.
While the project’s primary mission was completed in 1989, with a close fly-by of Neptune by Voyager 2, the probes continue to rush away from us at 40,000mph, transmitting invaluable data about interstellar space back to earth.
Voyager 1 crossed the boundary of our Solar System in August 2012 and is now into the space between the stars - approximately 20 billion kilometers from Earth – the first spacecraft to do so. Voyager 2 will soon follow, and as the craft continue their epic journeys, their discoveries will be transmitted to Earth until their power reserves are exhausted, around 2023.
The NASA Voyager 1 & 2 Owners’ Workshop Manual provides a fascinating insight into the Voyager missions, illustrated with a wealth of photographs and technical engineering drawings, and presents a detailed guide to the golden records attached to each spacecraft – explaining how these time capsules of human culture were created, and how an alien race might one day decode them, to read their secrets from Earth.
The book’s principle author Professor Christopher Riley commented: “I’ve always been enchanted by the extraordinary Voyager Golden Record time capsules and this book celebrates the significance of these missions to the history of life in our Galaxy”.
About the authors
Professor Christopher Riley is a writer, broadcaster and film-maker, specialising in science and history. He has over 100 programme credits to his name including the acclaimed BBC FOUR film Voyager: to the final frontier which he produced and directed in 2012 to celebrate the mission's 35th anniversary. The NASA Voyager 1 & 2 Owners’ Workshop Manual is his third book for Haynes and he is currently visiting professor of science and media at the University of Lincoln.
Dr Richard Corfield is a scientist, broadcaster and science writer. He has contributed to a number of leading newspapers and scientific publications, and was the story consultant for the BBC’s 2012 documentary on the Voyagers.
Phil Dolling is an award-winning Executive Producer. He has worked for the BBC on numerous television programmes.
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