Infinity And Beyond

After 34 years in space and a combined 20 billion miles, Voyagers 1 and 2 are poised for their greatest adventure yet

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There are few things as awful as the detritus of the 1970s. An era that gave us Crock-Pots, Pintos, Pet Rocks, shag carpet, the avocado green refrigerator and the leisure suit in almost any color at all is an era best lost to history.

But then there are the Voyager spacecraft. It was in August and September 1977--when Jimmy Carter was in the White House, "Best of My Love" was the No. 1 song, Laverne & Shirley the No. 1 show, and the Dow was headed for a year-end close of 831--that Voyagers 1 and 2 were launched. Their mission was...

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