Voyager 1’s Density Measurements Are Making Waves | NASA

Via NASA here. This is just so fucking cool. Think about this. The Voyager probes, launched in the damn 70’s(!), have been travelling through our Solar System (and beyond) for almost two generations now. The observations that they have beamed back across the void have changed the way we look at space several times over. Understanding how we got here is understanding where we go ahead, and that’s why space science and exploration are so, so important. With all the glitz, glamour, and outright bullshit surrounding Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos as “pioneers” of space exploration, let’s not forget who’s been on the ground, doing the work for over 50 years. There are a lot of hard working grad students, scientists, engineers, technical staff, fabrication specialists, etc that have been doing this since before it was cool. And they will (hopefully) still be doing it when the current dust settles, so to speak. Probes like the Voyagers, and Cassini, and exploration missions like Mars 2021. This is how we advance things, by going places we haven’t before.

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