Where is Voyager?

The Voyager web site hasn't been updated since November, albeit for good reason: it's an aging spacecraft running a few esoteric instruments that chirp back to Earth at vastly small levels. It's Sputnik at the edge of the solar system ("Ah, I see you have the machine that goes ping.")

But I really do love Voyager. I'd like to know where it is and how fast it is going and what's going on out there at the cold edge of nothing we really know personally. It's not exciting, but it's fascinating: what's it like out there? It's possible to see where Cassini is -- why not Voyager? Perhaps a similar image is out there on the web where I haven't found it?

I don't know. I'll add this to my list of things that interest me but I don't have the focus to follow-up. Maybe once I get Frozen Sun rolling, I can double back on Voyager as a project that I can set up for students. At the least, I'd like to interview Ed Stone and see how he manages to keep a fidgety budget from axing such a small project. Perhaps we can take over the Voyager web site and update it? SEDS has loads of volunteer resources in the form of students.

1 thought on “Where is Voyager?

  1. Guy McArthur

    See space.jpl.nasa.gov ...

    Choose something like 'the solar system as seen from below', 'show all spacecraft', and '90 degree field of view'.

    Note that it doesn't show height above or below the ecliptic, so you can't really tell which spacecraft is the farthest in absolute distance....


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