NASA takes advantage of the then-new technique of gravity assist, enabling Voyager 2, a single probe to flyby multiple planets before continuing on its way out of our solar system. The trajectory of Voyager 2 allowed additional fuel savings by using the gravity of each planet along the spacecraft’s path to help boost in onward to the next planet.
There are currently five science investigation teams participating in the Interstellar Mission. And 5 instruments onboard the Voyagers directly support those science investigations. The 5 investigations are: Magnetic field investigation, Low energy charged particle investigation, Cosmic ray investigation, Plasma investigation and Plasma wave investigation. — from JPL of NASA
The epic exploration of Voyager 2 marked another great achievement in our journey of discovering the Universe. Here are some of the best pictures taken by Voyager 2.
NASA’s Voyager 2 took this ‘true color’ photograph of Saturn on July 21, 1981, when the spacecraft was 33.9 million kilometers (21 million miles) from the planet. Two bright, presumably convective cloud patterns are visible in the mid-northern hemisphere and several dark spoke-like features can be seen in the broad B-ring (left of planet). The moons Rhea and Dione appear as blue dots to the south and southeast of Saturn, respectively. Voyager 2 made its closest approach to Saturn on Aug. 25, 1981. The Voyager project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
An enhanced colour image of Saturn?s rings, as seen by the Voyager 2 spacecraft, August 1981. (Photo by Space Frontiers/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES – MAY 13: Clear ring structure as well as a distinct gap between the rings can be seen in this photograph of Saturn taken by Voyager 2. The characteristic banded cloud formations in the gas giant planet?s atmosphere are also clearly visible. The origin and formation of the rings, which are composed of ice and ice-coated dust and rock, are not precisely understood, but it seems that tidal effects caused by some of Saturn?s moons play a role in maintaining their structure. The two Voyager spacecraft were launched by NASA in 1977 to explore the planets in the outer solar system. After first visiting Jupiter, Voyager 2 passed Saturn in August 1981, before continuing on to Uranus and Neptune. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)