What lies beyond our atmosphere is something that has always captured my imagination. I think that's why I like Mike's "The Songs of Distant Earth" so much and I would like to express this on this page in the hope to make my small positive contribution to Space Exploration
I think the most amazing event in my lifetime was the Voyager mission, with Voyager 2 launched on August 20, 1977 and Voyager 1 on September 5, 1977. After both probes encountered Jupiter (on March 5, 1979 and July 9, 1979) and Saturn (November 12, 1980 and August 25, 1981) a once in a 175 years opportunity allowed Voyager 2 to continue towards Uranus and Neptune while Voyager 1 was heading away from the ecliptic plane. It's questionable we will ever see Uranus and Neptune again in our lifetime.
If you wish to find out more about the Voyager mission, visit the Voyager Interstellar Mission website.
Today, NASA's Deep Impact mission is making headlines. This mission investigates the raw material that created our solar system which might be found within the comet it collided with.
Space flight has come a long way since the the launch of Explorer 1 on January 31, 1958 (exactly 10 years before I was born) which discovered the magnetic radiation belt now known as the "van Allen belt", the name of the principal investigator. The Mercury, Gemini and the awe inspiring Apollo left us with a great legacy which I hope will result in the landing on Mars someday...