This Day In History - Voyager II Launch 1977

Voyager II Launch 1977

Sunday, August 20, 2023

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Event Description

On August 20, 1977, a NASA rocket launched Voyager II, an unmanned 1,820-pound spacecraft, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was thefirst of two such crafts to be launched that year on a "Grand Tour" of theouter planets, organized to coincide with a rare alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Aboard Voyager II was a 12-inch copper phonograph record called "Sounds of Earth." Intended as a kind of introductory timecapsule, the record included greetings in 60 languages and scientific information about Earth and the human race, along with classical, jazz and rock 'n' roll music, nature sounds like thunder and surf, and recorded messages from President Jimmy Carter and other world leaders.

Event Location

Cape Canaveral, Florida