The Voyager team stands behind a model of the Voyager spacecraft. Project Manager, Ed Massey, stands at the far left.
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News story originally written on April 12, 2002
There has been a lot of news lately about different space missions. You might have heard that astronauts on the Space Shuttle
Columbia did five space walks to fix and update the Hubble Space Telescope
. That went really well and the Hubble should be sending back super pictures by next month!
Voyager 1 also needed to be fixed. But, NASA couldn't send astronauts to fix that spacecraft because Voyager 1 is way past Pluto! So scientists sent signals to Voyager so that the spacecraft would turn on a back up position-sensing system. The spacecraft needed a new one of these so that it will know where it is.
Cassini fired its engines for about 10 seconds last week, putting it back on track for its trip to Saturn. Cassini was launched in October 1997 and will arrive at Saturn on July 1, 2004. Just two years to go! How old will you be when Cassini gets to Saturn?
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