NASA creates stunning posters to mark the 40th anniversary of its Voyager 1 and 2 mission

In amidst the the hacking scandals and the climate change woes, an anomaly emerged this week. Wholesome news.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft, which, remarkably, are still alive and well, hurtling through space. To commemorate humankind’s longest-lived space mission, NASA and the Smithsonian have paired up to host a public event replete with scientists, academics, and even a celebrity guest.

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What’s more, those of us not in the vicinity of Washington D.C. can get a taste of the festivities with these – quite literally – otherworldly posters which NASA has made free to download. We’ve collated them into a gallery for ease of perusal. Or you could download them en masse. Celebration of human achievement and free stuff.

Meanwhile, for those milling about Capitol Hill (or willing to undertake the schlep) a huge public event will be underway on 5 September from 12.30pm EDT (5.30pm BST). The event will include panel discussions about the creation and missions of the respective Voyagers, including input from Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist, hailing from Caltech, and Suzanne Dodd, Voyager project manager from NASA’s illustrious sounding Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

For those not bowled over by the descent of scientists (shame on you), NASA has announced that a “galactic message” will be transmitted towards the Voyager 1 spacecraft by a “celebrity guest”. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s website. Stellar fun for all the family.

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