The Voyager legacy: four decades of discovery

The Voyager Legacy: Four Decades of Discovery

The Voyager mission spacecraft were launched in August and September 1977 and for four decades that have continued on their paths of discovery producing results which have rewritten the astronomy textbooks. These spacecraft continue operating today as they now become our ambassadors to the distant stars. From my activities as a Project scientist throughout the entire mission from 1970, Garry will bring you his insight into the pioneering engineering, the project and management skills which are the basis of the countless scientific discoveries and this everlasting Voyager Legacy.



Garry Hunt joined JPL in 1970 and was the UK’s only scientist selected by NASA at the start of the Voyager mission in 1972. His Voyager activities and with other NASA Planetary and Climate missions continued through the 70s to the 90s and were the basis for the development of major research groups at UCL and Imperial college. He has also held many appointments at universities in Britain and the US as a Professor of Atmospheric Physics. Among other posts, Garry is a Past President of IAU Commission 16 (The Planets), the Commission on Planetary Atmospheres and their Evolution (IMAP), Chairman of the Space Society and a founding member of the Planetary Society. Now a successful businessman, he has been a CEO and executive director of several major companies including Logica and ICL, a non Executive Director and advisor to numerous companies and Governments. Garry was a regular on The Sky at Night for nearly four decades, appeared on ITN space broadcasts during the Voyager era and afterwards and continues to broadcast regularly on radio and TV. He still speaks about space exploration and climate change to schools and societies. Garry is a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and has been awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal for his work in local community.