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NASA and Iconic Museum Honor Voyager Spacecraft 40th Anniversary

An artist concept depicting one of the twin Voyager spacecraft.
An artist concept depicting one of the twin Voyager spacecraft. Humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft are celebrating 40 years in August and September 2017. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will celebrate 40 years of the Voyager 1 & 2 spacecraft — humanity’s farthest and longest-lived mission — with a public event at 12:30 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The observance will take place at the National Air and Space Museum located at Independence Avenue at 6th street SW in Washington. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s website.

Activities will include panel discussions about the Voyagers’ creation and mission history, their unprecedented science findings and imagery, impact on Earth’s culture and how the spacecraft inspired countless scientists, engineers and the next generation of explorers. The event also will include a galactic message transmitted toward the Voyager 1 spacecraft by a celebrity guest.

The Voyagers’ original mission was to explore Jupiter and Saturn. Although the twin spacecraft are now far beyond the planets in the solar system, NASA continues to communicate with them daily as they explore the frontier where interstellar space begins.

Participants in the Sept. 5 event are:

·      Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington

·      Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist, Caltech, Pasadena, California

·      Suzanne Dodd, Voyager project manager, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena

·      Gary Flandro, Voyager Mission Grand Tour creator, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

·      Alan Cummings, Voyager researcher, Caltech

·      Ann Druyan, creative director of the Voyager Interstellar Message

·      Morgan Cable, researcher, JPL

·      Eric Zirnstein, researcher, Princeton University, New Jersey

·      Matthew Shindell, curator, National Air and Space Museum

Media interested in attending should contact Alison Mitchell at or 202-633-2376 or Amy Stamm at or 202-633-2374. The public also can ask questions on social media using #AskNASA

Commemorative posters for the mission, celebrating the Voyagers’ launches and journeys, are available at:
Voyager mission posters in 70's style and modern style
Credits: NASA JPL

For more information on Voyager, visit:



Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington
Karen Fox
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
Elizabeth Landau
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.