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THE MISSION

Voyager Time Line

DATE MILESTONE
1977 Mariner Jupiter/Saturn 1977 is renamed Voyager
1977 Aug. 20 Voyager 2 launched from Kennedy Space Flight Center
1977 Sept. 5 Voyager 1 launched from Kennedy Space Flight Center

Voyager 1 returns first spacecraft photo of Earth and Moon
1979 Mar. 5 Voyager 1 makes its closest approach to Jupiter
1979 July 9 Voyager 2 makes its closest approach to Jupiter
1980 Nov. 12 Voyager 1 flies by Saturn

Voyager 1 begins its trip out of the Solar System
1981 Aug. 25 Voyager 2 flies by Saturn
1982 Deep Space Network upgrades two 26-m antennas to 34-m
1986 Jan. 24 Voyager 2 has the first-ever encounter with Uranus

Deep Space Network begins expansion of 64-m antennas to 70-m
1987 Voyager 2 "observes" Supernova 1987A
1988 Voyager 2 returns first color images of Neptune
1989 Aug. 25 Voyager 2 is the first spacecraft to observe Neptune

Voyager 2 begins its trip out of the Solar System, below the ecliptic plane
1990 Jan. 1 Begins Voyager Interstellar Mission
1990 Feb. 14 Last Voyager Images - Portrait of the Solar System
1998 Feb. 17 Voyager 1 passes Pioneer 10 to become the most distant human-made object in space
2004 Dec. 15 Voyager 1 crosses Termination Shock
2007 Sep. 5 Voyager 2 crosses Termination Shock
2012 Aug. 25 Voyager 1 enters Interstellar Space