2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the Voyager mission as the twin space probes that traveled to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, now journey beyond our solar system into interstellar space, where no probe has ventured before.
Learn the fascinating story of the scientists, how the Voyager probes work, where the probes have been and what they’ve seen, and what they carry on board—including the Golden Record, a recording of sounds and images about life on Earth.
Critically acclaimed science writer Alexandra Siy chronicles the ongoing saga of the Voyagers in a lively story full of nail-biting moments, inspiring scientists, and incredible NASA images.
An engaging and captivating STEM title that deserves a place in most libraries—School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
A lively, informative, and inspiring story of space exploration—Kirkus Reviews
A timely introduction to the Voyager mission—Booklist
It's an engaging and readily accessible account of a remarkable—and ongoing—scientific success story—Publisher's Weekly
Chicago Public Library’s 2017 Best of the Best Books selection
Siy (Spidermania: Friends on the Web) weaves a musical theme into the riveting story of NASA's Voyager mission, which got underway in 1977 with the launch of two probes; originally designed to explore Jupiter and Saturn, they are now proceeding into interstellar space while transmitting data back to Earth. Throughout, Siy introduces scientists who contributed to the launch while bouncing between the probe's paths (and attendant discoveries, such as volcanic activity on Io) and the pivotal work of Galileo and other early astronomers, highlighting the way science builds on past discoveries. In keeping with the musical theme, Siy concludes by discussing the Golden Record, a copper LP with copies riding aboard the Voyager probes, which contains photos, greetings, and music in wait of a potential extraterrestrial listener. It's an engaging and readily accessible account of a remarkable and ongoing scientific success story. Ages 10 up.