NASA has successfully placed another probe, Juno, in orbit around Jupiter for the second time in history. The list of interplanetary probes that have revealed intimate details of the largest planet in our solar system is becoming quite lengthy, but this does not detract from the triumph of once again succeeding in the endeavor.
Four of the NASA craft that have told us the secrets of Jupiter (Pioneer 10, Pioneer 11, Voyager 1, and Voyager 2) are well on their way toward interstellar space. Voyager 1, launched on September 5th, 1977 is both the fastest object made by man and the furthest object made by man thanks to the gravity assist of both Jupiter and Saturn. It officially left the solar system entirely when it encountered the interstellar medium on August 25th 2012. Now we’re just waiting until it’s picked up by aliens and kindly brought back to Earth.
But here’s a friendly reminder of how profoundly weird outer space is. This is an audio-based interpretation of the electromagnetic emissions from Jupiter taken as Voyager sped by on its gravity-assist in 1979. Released in 1990 by NASA, it’s essentially like listening to a planet speak.