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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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