1. The spacecraft still in construction at JPL in 1977.
2. Before Voyager’s launch, technicians worked on test models like this one.
3. Here’s Voyager 1 at Caltech before making its way to the Kennedy Space Center for launch.
4. Here, Voyager 2 gets outfitted with a Golden Record called “Sounds of Earth.”
5. The Golden Record was assembled by Carl Sagan and the album’s “earth sounds” included recordings of things like music, surf, animals, and foreign languages, as well as playing instructions for the aliens!
6. An American flag was also included in the capsule.
7. Voyager’s insignia.
8. A depiction of Voyager’s trajectory, created in 1972.
9. Voyager 1 in 1977, which was launched on September 5th, reached Jupiter in March 1979 and Saturn in November 1980.
And now, of course, it’s far, far, far away. So long, little spacecraft! Seek out new life and boldly go where no spacecraft has gone before.