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Voyager

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At the beginning of the eighties I saw the television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan. Cosmos gave birth to my interest in history, space and science. The sixth episode of the series is called "Travellers' Tales" and is focused on voyages of discovery, mainly on the journey that has taken us farther than any: the space travel of Voyager spaceships. That's why one of the first models that I designed and built with LEGO pieces (and one of the most loved by me) is the Voyager spacecraft and this is the last version of my design of the ship.

Voyager is my favorite spacecraft. It is the one that has gone farther. It was the first to leave the solar system and become a real interstellar ship. Voyager 2 visited four planets in its Grand Tour: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Besides it is not just an exploration ship, its Golden Record contains a message from humankind, a message addressed to the Universe.


Prior to the launch of the Voyager (in August and September 1977), little was known about the outer Solar System. But in the years that followed, between 1979 and 1989, these spaceships reached Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, they sent a flood of very detailed information about these planets, their moons and rings. This is already a formidable achievement, but the Voyager mission did not end there. They reached the limits of the solar system. Voyager 1 passed the helipausa in 25 August 2012, transforming into the first man-made object to reach interstellar space.

This model of the Voyager spacecraft is very accurate and you can see numerous details of their communications systems, sensors and power generators.

Golden Record

The golden record, deserves special mention. It is a 12-inch gold-plate cooper phonograph record, containing some sounds and images of our planet, the instructions to play the record, and the location of our solar system. This album is aimed to the intelligent beings that the Voyager can find in its path in the future. Therefore, the Voyager is not only a space probe but a time capsule, a message of humankind thrown into deep space, into the future, into the unknown.

Jimmy Carter (President of the United States of America when the Voyagers were launched) said about the Golden Record of the Voyager: "This is a present from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings" (and his words were also recorded in the actual disc).

Minifigures

The project includes two minifigures, a planetary scientist and a female member of the creative team of the Golden Record. My proposal is that these minifigures can be customized as Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, if the necessary permits can be obtained. Ann Druyan was the Creative Director of the Golden Record project and later worked with Carl Sagan and Steven Soter on the creation of the television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980). My personal opinion is that Cosmos has been one of the best science popularization television series ever made, and Carl Sagan is one of the best science communicators, not only for his television series, but also for his numerous books aimed at the general public.

The minifigures are part of a small vignette that represents an office in the JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) with computers from the eighties. On the blackboard there is a photograph of a small moon of Saturn called Mimas (it is not a combat station). Above the chalkboard and computers there is a small scale replica of the Voyager. The female minifigure holds a copy of the golden disc and the male minifigure examines a map of a distant world.

I used a photograph of Saturn (from the website of NASA that are in the public domain) as background of main picture of this project. This background pictures was taken by the actual Voyager spacecraft.

You can find high resolution pictures of the model and additional photos in my flickr album:

https://flic.kr/s/aHskWAHTTq

The pictures of the LEGO model of the Voyager were taken with a SONY HX400V camera.

I have also included a stand for display of the ship Voyager. The project uses about 200 bricks in total.

I am convinced that this project has a high historical and educational value and I hope you like it and support it.

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Thank you very much for visiting this project.

Kind regards

Luis