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The journey of the Nasa's voyagers

Dennis Overbye remembers the scientific breakthrough that Nasa's voyagers have stood for


In the shadow, one might say, of the Great American Eclipse, a major anniversary in the history of space exploration — and indeed cosmic consciousness — is being celebrated. It was 40 years ago, on August 20 and September 5, 1977, that a pair of robots named Voyager were dispatched to explore the outer solar system and the vast darkness beyond. What resulted was nothing less than a reimagining of what a world might be and what strange cribs of geology and chemistry might give rise to life in some form or other. It was a real-life Star Trek adventure, but the crew ...

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First Published: Fri, August 25 2017. 22:04 IST