Space: A Crescendo of Discovery

From deep in the void, Voyager 2 unveils the secrets of Uranus

In the feeble light of the distant sun, Voyager 2 hurtled toward Uranus last week, rapidly accelerating under the gravitational pull of the huge gaseous body. Aboard the spacecraft, two television cameras and an array of instruments focused on the ever enlarging sphere and its rings and moons, snapping pictures and taking readings that were beamed to earth, almost 2 billion miles away. At week's end, as Voyager whipped past the mysterious blue-green planet, soaring as close as 50,679 miles to its cloudtops at 42,143 m.p.h., streams of new data from the craft poured into the control room at the Jet...

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