CITY OFFICIALS CONGRATULATE JPL / CALTECH ON HISTORIC VOYAGER 1 ACCOMPLISHMENT
PASADENA, Calif.—Pasadena City Officials today extend their heartfelt congratulations and praise to the Voyager Project Team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena managed by Caltech regarding the announcement that JPL’s 36-year-old Voyager 1 spacecraft has successfully left our solar system and entered interstellar space.
“The amazing journey of Voyager 1 has proven yet again that our friends, colleagues and neighbors at JPL and Caltech are truly world leaders in science and innovation,” Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard said. “The City stands proud in congratulating Dr. Ed Stone and the entire Voyager Project Team on this milestone accomplishment of space exploration.”
NASA officials announced Thursday, Sept. 12, that the venerable Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched from Earth in 1977, had indeed entered interstellar space and is now more than 11.6 billion miles from its home planet. JPL’s Voyager 1 is the first spacecraft from Earth to accomplish such a far-flung journey. Its twin, Voyager 2, also launched in 1977, is expected to exit the solar system for interstellar space on a different path within the next few years.
Pasadena Vice Mayor Jacque Robinson and other city officials also extended their congratulations to JPL and Caltech as news of the announcement was received.
“JPL’s twin Voyager spacecraft are making history every day by traveling through uncharted space. While their missions are full of the unknown, we know for certain that the center of the universe for robotic space exploration is right here in Pasadena at Caltech and JPL,” Robinson said. “We offer our congratulations to them for showing us what great minds can accomplish.”
For more information about the Voyager mission, visit http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov or Caltech’s website at www.caltech.edu. For more information about the City of Pasadena, visit www.cityofpasadena.net. Follow the City on Twitter @PasadenaGov.
This artist's concept shows the general locations of NASA's two Voyager spacecraft.
Illustration courtesy Caltech/NASA
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