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Voyager,

in space exploration: see space explorationspace exploration,
the investigation of physical conditions in space and on stars, planets, and other celestial bodies through the use of artificial satellites (spacecraft that orbit the earth), space probes (spacecraft that pass through the solar system and that may or may not
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; space probespace probe,
space vehicle carrying sophisticated instrumentation but no crew, designed to explore various aspects of the solar system (see space exploration). Unlike an artificial satellite, which is placed in more or less permanent orbit around the earth, a space probe is
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Voyager,

the first airplane to circumnavigate the earth nonstop on a single load of fuel. Designed by Burt RutanRutan, Burt
(Elbert Leander Rutan) , 1943–, American aerospace engineer, b. Portland, Oreg., grad. California Polytechnic Univ. (B.S. 1965). From 1965 to 1972 Rutan worked for the U.S.
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 and flown by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, Voyager took off from California on Dec. 14, 1986, and, after a 25,012 mi (40,269 km) flight, landed in the same place nine days later. The plane weighed only 1,858 lb (845 kg) without fuel but needed a wingspan of 110 ft (33 m) to lift its two pilots and 1,200 gal (4,560 liters) of fuel off the ground. Only a few gallons remained at the completion of the journey. In 2005, Steve FossettFossett, Steve
(James Stephen Fossett), 1944–2007, American investment banker and adventurer, b. California. After becoming a multimillionaire as a stockbroker and investment consultant, he began a second career as a sports adventurer.
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 piloted the GlobalFlyer, a jet plane also designed by Burt Rutan, in a solo nonstop flight around the world.
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FRINGE SCIENCE Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 took some spectacular images of the outer planets.
January 1986 Voyager 2 becomes the planet's first visitor and discovers 10 of its 15 moons.
Voyager 1 spotted a parallel boost in solar wind in early March 2002.
Hurtling through the deep freeze of the outer solar system at 17 km per second, Voyager 1 is nearing the edge of the heliosphere, the vast bubble of gas in which the sun's magnetic field reigns supreme.
Both sets of images confirm that Neptune's Great Dark Spot -- a major storm feature seen by Voyager 2 -- has vanished.
Most of the Voyager stereo pairs were taken by chance, when a camera on one of the craft happened to record the same terrain twice, at different viewing angles.
These bursts have about two to 30 times the intensity of an equally puzzling group of bursts detected by the Voyagers in 1983 and 1984, says Donald A.