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The story of Voyager at AstroFest 2014

Taking part in the conference programme on the morning of Friday 7 February at European AstroFest 2014 is Professor Garry Hunt, a veteran of the Voyager missions. In August 2012 the Voyager 1 spacecraft made history by crossing the boundary of the Sun’s magnetic bubble and entering interstellar space, yet this is not the culmination of the Voyager mission. There is still about a decade-worth of battery power left within the spacecraft as it and Voyager 2, following on behind, begin the explore the mysterious environment between the stars.

This artist's concept of the Voyager spacecraft with its antennapointing to Earth. Image: NASA/JPL.

This artist's concept of the Voyager spacecraft with its antennapointing to Earth. Image: NASA/JPL.

Garry Hunt’s talk will chronicle this epic voyage of discovery and, having been a part of the Voyager mission since its very early days when design work began on the spacecraft in 1970, he is able to provide special insight into Voyager’s unique legacy, the science it has returned from the outer gas planets as well as how the mission has aided development of important engineering and management skills that have helped the Voyager probes continue their mission for 36 years and counting. 

Find out how to book tickets to see this and other talks at European AstroFest 2014.