I had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Ed Stone as part of the Riding with Robots podcast back in 2007. He’s the Project Scientist for the Voyager mission to the outer planets and, now, interstellar space. He was also the director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
(The image-enhanced podcast requires QuickTime to view.)
On Aug 16 & 17, JPL is hosting a lecture about Voyager in person and online with Dr. Alan Cummings.
From the announcement:
“The Voyager mission legacy cannot be understated. The twin spacecraft gave us remarkable views of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, unlike anything we had seen before, and paved the way for further exploration; the Galileo and Cassini spacecraft were direct descendants of the Voyager probes. Approaching their thirty-fifth anniversary, the Voyager twins continue to send us data from the farthest reaches of our solar system, at once enforcing and rewriting theories about this previously unexplored region. As they travel ever further, escaping all but our Sun’s constant but waning gravitational tug, the mission planners look forward to the next 10 – 15 years to hopefully witness the first spacecraft enter true, interstellar space.”