Planetary Radio • Mar 08, 2023

Looking back on Voyager’s 45th Anniversary

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Ann Druyan

Executive Producer of Cosmos: Possible Worlds, and author of the companion book

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Linda Spilker

Voyager Mission Project Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Laurie Leshin

Jet Propulsion Lab Director and Planetary Scientist

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Nicola Fox

Associate Administrator for NASA’s Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate for NASA

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Bruce Betts

Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society

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Mat Kaplan

Senior Communications Adviser and former Host of Planetary Radio for The Planetary Society

Additional guests include:

  • Suzanne Dodd, Voyager Project Manager and Director for the Interplanetary Network Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Linda Morabito, Astronomer and discoverer of volcanism on Jupiter's moon Io

Planetary Radio’s creator Mat Kaplan guest hosts for this look back at the Jet Propulsion Lab’s celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Voyager mission. Stick around for his conversation with Ann Druyan, creative director for the Golden Record carried by the probes. Mat and Bruce Betts reunite for this week’s What’s Up and space trivia contest.

Celebrating the Voyager mission's 45th anniversary
Celebrating the Voyager mission's 45th anniversary With the full size Voyager spacecraft mockup behind them in JPL's von Karman Auditorium, host Mat Kaplan is joined by Project Manager Suzanne Dodd, NASA Heliophysics Divison leader Nicola Fox, and Voyager Deputy Project Scientist Linda Spilker.
Laurie Leshin celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Voyager mission
Laurie Leshin celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Voyager mission JPL Director Laurie Leshin thanks the team behind Voyager at the celebration of the mission's 45th anniversary in space.

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