|This Voyager poster is |
available on the NASA site
Voyager I and II
It's pretty amazing that these two craft, designed for a life of four years, are still out there and still sending back signals some 45 years later. They have now breached the bounds of our own solar system and are travelling through interstellar space--the only craft to have reached anywhere near this distance from Earth.
Sadly, NASA will gradually begin a power-down of the probes which will be complete by approximately 2030. Saying goodbye to Voyager I and II won't undermine all the amazing discoveries made possible by these two probes, just a few of which are pictured in this online Business Insider article.
But long after they stop transmitting, they'll still be out there for millions of years, travelling through the great beyond.
In my (as-yet-unpublished) novel, The Outer Planets, a time lapse of Jupiter was my inspiration to pen the scene where the main character, Lissa Bruce, a member of the crew of a planetary exploration vessel, views the violent surface of Jupiter for the first time in proximity to the planet. From her perspective the roiling, twisting clouds suggest hot tomato soup with cool milk being added.
Check out the time lapse photo of Jupiter and imagine it in color--oranges, reds, creams and whites all swirling in complex patterns--and see if you agree with her impression.