Voyager program

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Voyager program Space exploration project to study Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, using two unmanned craft. In 1977, the two Voyager probes were launched (16 days apart) from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. In 1979, they beamed back the first close-up pictures of Jupiter. The probes then passed Saturn, and showed the structure of the planet's rings. Voyager 2 went on to study Uranus in 1986, and Neptune in 1989. Both probes have now left the Solar System.


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Voyager Two NASA spacecraft that were launched in 1977 (Voyager 1 on 5 September and Voyager 2 on 20 August) on a mission to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and out of the solar system. Voyager 1 passed Jupiter in March 1979 and Saturn in November 1980, its camera being used for the last time on 13 February 1990, to take pictures of the entire solar system, except for Mars, Mercury, and Pluto; Voyager 2 reached Jupiter in July 1979 and Saturn in August 1981. They completed their explorations in 1989.


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Voyager ★★★ 1991 (PG-13)

Restless, middle-aged engineer Walter Faber (Shepherd) tells his life story in a series of flashbacks. Twenty years before (the film starts in 1957) he abandons his pregnant girlfriend who promises to get an abortion. He laters hears she married, had a child, and divorced. While sailing to New York from France Walter falls in love with a young student and accompanies her to Greece to visit her mother. Only then does he realize her true identity, leading to a tragic conclusion. Shepherd's is a glum, repressed performance (in keeping with the character) while Delpy personifies youthful sweetness. Based on the novel “Homo Faber” by Max Frisch. 110m/C VHS . FR GE Sam Shepard, Julie Delpy, Barbara Sukowa, Dieter Kirchlechner, Traci Lind, Deborra-Lee Furness, August Zirner, Thomas Heinze; D: Volker Schlondorff; W: Volker Schlondorff, Rudy Wurlitzer.


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Voyager either of two American space probes launched in 1977 to investigate the outer planets. Voyager 1 encountered Jupiter and Saturn, while Voyager 2 reached Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and finally Neptune (1989).