- NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory demonstrated the use of NASA’s new space shuttle for conducting scientific experiments about Earth from space during the space shuttle era.
- The JPL’s Galileo flagship mission to Jupiter, faced unexpected engineering challenges during its launch from the shuttle.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory could be among the pioneers to showcase the potential of NASA’s new space shuttle for conducting scientific experiments about Earth from the vantage of space.
However, when it came to missions beyond Earth’s orbit, the shuttle presented novel engineering challenges, including JPL’s Galileo flagship mission to Jupiter, which faced numerous unexpected obstacles during its launch.
A New Documentary
As the legendary Voyager 2 embarked on its triumphant Grand Tour of the outer planets, a new documentary uses rare footage and personal recollections to retell the story of the mission’s remarkable encounters with Uranus and Neptune.
The film also features scientist Carl Sagan’s tribute to Voyager’s designers, builders, and operators as “heroes of human accomplishment”. Their achievements will be celebrated and remembered for generations to come.
During the space shuttle era, while the Voyager 2 was on its triumphant Grand Tour through the outer planets, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) demonstrated the potential for conducting science experiments from space with the new shuttle. However, using the shuttle for missions beyond Earth orbit posed engineering challenges.
One mission that launched from the shuttle was Galileo, JPL’s flagship mission to Jupiter had to navigate unexpected twists and turns on its route to the launch pad.
The exploration of Voyager 2 of Uranus and Neptune is retold in “The Footsteps of Voyager,” a documentary featuring rare footage and the memories of the scientists and engineers involved.
The footage highlights the Voyager team’s heroic accomplishments and dramatic experiences and the Galileo mission, which would become the first to orbit an outer planet.