[FPSPACE] Voyager (to Mars?)
paolo.ulivi at tiscali.it
Wed Apr 18 14:28:53 EDT 2007
I have a cool artist view of the Voyager stack on my webesite at
see also this page http://utenti.lycos.it/paoloulivi/coll.html for other
pictures and artwork
and if you could scan your Mars rover picture, I would love to see it!
DSFPortree at aol.com wrote:
>Voyager was a cool program that went through a lot of evolution before it
>died, then was reborn as Viking and moved to Langley. First mooted in 1960, it
>was JPL's earliest bid to do a major planetary mission outside the "robots must
>be precursors to piloted missions" paradigm. Unfortunately, it got treated as
>a precursor to piloted Mars missions, and got cancelled in August 1967, along
>with plans for Apollo-based piloted Mars flybys with Voyager-based sample
>returners. Three factors conspired against these advanced missions: the Apollo 1
>fire, the expanding war in Indochina, and an astronomical federal budget
>deficit of about $30 billion (!).
>Viking was 90% Voyager. JPL's plans for post-Viking missions based on Viking
>hardware were virtually identical to JPL's plans for advanced Voyager
>missions. If JPL of the 1960s had had it's way, we'd have seen progressively more
>sophisticated Voyagers throughout the 1970s. If JPL of the 1970s had had its way,
>we'd have seen progressively more sophisticated Vikings throughout the 1980s,
>including rovers and sample returns.
>Incidentally, Voyager was also intended for Venus exploration, though its
>Mars mission got the most attention.
>I have a cool picture, taken just five miles from where I sit, of a multi-cab
>Voyager Mars rover with big balloon tires doing an analog test on the rugged
>Bonito Lava Flow in Sunset Crater National Monument. I haven't been able to
>track down anything on when this test occurred - must've been around 1966.
>David S. F. Portree
>author & educator
>dsfportree at aol.com
>Flagstaff Arizona USA
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