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Music to Fly By

In 1977, NASA's Voyager mission kicked off four decades of space exploration and discovery.  Each spacecraft carried a golden record with music and greetings from Earth for any beings that might one day find them. But back on the ground, the Billboard hits of the 70s, 80s, and beyond became a soundtrack for the mission. Key moments inextricably linked to the music that was playing when they occurred. Here's what we were listening to as Voyager made history.

August 20, 1977 — Voyager 2 Launch
September 5, 1977 — Voyager 1 Launch
March 5, 1979 — Voyager 1 Jupiter Flyby
July 9, 1979 — Voyager 2 Jupiter Flyby
November 12, 1980 — Voyager 1 Saturn Flyby
August 26, 1981 — Voyager 2 Saturn Flyby
January 24, 1986 — Voyager 2 Uranus Flyby
August 25, 1989 — Voyager 2 Neptune Flyby
February 14, 1990 — Voyager 1 takes Pale Blue Dot Image
August 1, 2012 — Voyager 1 crosses into interstellar space

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