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Voyager 2
A NASA artist's rendition of a Voyager spacecraft
Organization: NASA
Mission type: Fly-by
Flyby of: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune
Launch date: August 20, 1977
Launch vehicle: Titan III-E Centaur rocket
NSSDC ID: 1977-076A
Webpage: NASA Voyager website
Mass: 721.9 kg
Power: 420 W

Voyager 2 is a spacecraft used by NASA to explore Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. It has currently been the only spacecraft to travel to Uranus and Neptune. Because of this, a majority of pictures we see of these two planets came from this spacecraft. It was identical in form to its sister ship, Voyager 1. The probe is currently moving away from the solar system, and is heading out into deep space.

Voyager 2 was launched on August 20, 1977.

Both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 include the Voyager Golden Record, which is a recording of sounds and images of life on earth. It was designed by a team headed by Carl Sagan to communicate with extraterrestrial life.

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