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Reviewing the history of Jupiter exploration

Link here. This press release from NASA does a nice job of giving a quick and accurate overview of every mission, all but one American-built, that has flown either past Jupiter or in orbit around it.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

 
He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
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3 comments

  • Localfluff

    The Huygens lander is the only non-NASA mission to the outer Solar System. One could count Rosetta which in hibernation went a bit past Jupiter’s orbit (but far from Jupiter at the time) while entering the comet’s orbit, which crosses Jupiter. Soviet never even tried to launch anything to the outer Solar System. If the ExoMars orbiter works it will be the most distant (successful) space mission Russia ever launched.

  • wayne

    Cotour–
    har.. you’re thinking the fantasy & phantasy, sub-category of generic “Nasa-nerds.” (We are far from a monolithic bunch!)
    :)

    The “it’s good to be working with you again Dave,” excerpt from “2010.”
    https://youtu.be/0zKqAbfxFsQ
    (it’s a “dumb” sequel, but it has a few excellent moment’s)

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