I’ve been bummed about the possible explosion of the Schiaparelli probe. Poor little guy. The team that worked on the probe have been very positive about the loss. They are looking forward toward the next mission. They have new data they can now apply to the future explorations. Science!
So I went looking for something uplifting. The friggin’ awesome history of Voyager 1 & 2 sure did the trick. They were launched in ’77 and are still exploring. In 2012, Voyager 1 entered interstellar space. It has travelled farther than anything else ever has (speaking from the perspective of a human who has no knowledge of life in other systems and their travel). That is so cool! NASA’s website has a great resource for all things Voyager.
The mission was originally only meant to last 4-5 years. It’s so amazing to think that these probes have gone so far beyond their expectations. The 40th anniversary is coming up. I’m so excited to see what people do to commemorate it.
I am now using this program as motivation every time I start feeling like I’m not up to a task. I should build a model! Gotta go. I’ve got to spend the next 40 hours yelling at inanimate objects while they become a Voyager model.