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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 7-3-13 July 4, 2013

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 7-3-13


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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr, Edward Stone, Dr. David Livingston:  Topics: Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com.  In addition, For those of you interested in the opportunity to submit feedback on the NRC congressionally mandated Human Spaceflight Study, please go to www.nationalacademies.org/humanspaceflight.   Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).

During our 11 minute plus discussion with Dr. Ed Stone & John Batchelor, we discussed the current status of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft and their soon entry into interstellar space. Dr. Stone, who has been the Chief Scientist of the Voyager project since the beginning with the project development in 1972, then the launches in 1977, talked to us about the Voyager mission, the Golden Record onboard Voyager 1, the role of Dr. Sagan, and what it will mean when the spacecraft finally leaves the heliosphere and enters interstellar space.  We also talked about the rest of Voyager’s life after the power goes out for good around 2020.  When Voyager was launched in 1977, it was able to do a flyby of the giant gas planets in a special orbit that comes about once every 176 years.  This orbit also made it possible for Voyager to reach Neptune in just 12 years!  Also discussed were total Voyager 1 and 2 mission & development costs plus their annual operating costs which run around $5 million.

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