Orion NASA Social: Cassini, Huygens, and Voyager

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Today we’re covering the Orion NASA Social, which is giving us jaw-dropping access to several of JPL’s retired and mock-up spacecrafts in addition to learning more about the Orion spacecraft scheduled for a test flight on December 4th. Here are a few images showcasing Voyager I, the Cassini orbiter and the Huygens probe up-close-and-personal.

1. Cassini

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Assembled by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Cassini orbiter is an unmanned spacecraft that was sent to study Saturn, Jupiter, and the heliosphere and to deploy the Huygens probe on the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

2. Huygens

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Built and operated by the European Space Agency, the Huygens was an atmospheric entry probe ferried onboard the Cassini orbiter. The Huygens successfully landed on Titan in 2005, bringing back stunning images of Titan’s surface (see below)

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3. Voyager I

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Launched on September 5, 1977, NASA’s Voyager I is focused on studying the outer Solar System. As of December 3, 2014, Voyager I has been in operation for 37 years, 2 months and 28 days and is the farthest spacecraft from Earth at over 12 billion miles. This spacecraft is also famous for carrying the Voyager Golden Record, which “contains 116 images and a variety of natural sounds, such as those made by surf, wind, and thunder, and animal sounds, including the songs of birds and whales. The record additionally features musical selections from different cultures and eras, spoken greetings in fifty-nine languages, and printed messages from President Jimmy Carter and U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim.

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