The United States' latest space programme, the exploration of the planets Saturn and Jupiter by the twin `Voyager' space-craft, is almost ready for take off after several years of planning and preparation.
SVs animated cartoon pictures of planets Jupiter and Saturn. (6 shots)
MV PULL BACK TO GVs & SVs technicians at work on 'Voyager' space-craft and equipment in National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Centre, Pasadena, California USA. (6 shots)
SVs animated cartoon pictures of Jupiter and Saturn. (2 shots)
CU `Voyager' programme manger Rob Mills talking to camera. (English speech) about programme AND SVs speech continuing over animated cartoon pictures of Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. (6 shots)
SVs animated cartoon pictures of Jupiter. (2 shots)
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SVs animated cartoon pictures of Saturn. (3 shots)
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COMMENTATOR: "Jupiter and Saturn -- these giant planets and the moons surrounding them will be looked at close-up by two fifteen-hundred pound space-craft loaded with cameras the scientific instruments; a mission which allows scientists to go back in time and sample the conditions from which the sun and the planets, including the earth, are believed to have formed. Called Voyager', the two twelve-foot high NASA space-craft are being prepared for launch -- one in late August, the other in early September. A dish antenna, 12 feet across, will send back scientific and engineering information and received commands from earth. The nuclear-powered Voyagers will carry eleven scientific experiments, including television cameras, electron telescope systems to study cosmic rays, and radio receivers to investigate radio signals coming from the huge planets. The information returned by the space-craft is expected to tell us more about the origin and early history of the solar system and our own planet, earth."
ROB MILLS: "I think there is not doubt that we will learn something about earth. This always happens. Now that's not our primary function, but by comparing the planets we naturally tend to find out how earth was formed, how it's changing, what the future holds for us, and how we're influenced by the sun -- all of these type of things. I think I should mention that this mission is giving us an opportunity to compare, really, four planets at one time. As the space-craft leave earth they will be making measurements of earth, and next comes Jupiter, then Saturn, then probably Uranus."
COMMENTATOR: "After travelling for 18 months, Voyager One will reach Jupiter in March, 1979, with Voyager Two trailing four months later. As the Voyagers encounter Jupiter, they're one-half-billion miles from earth, a distance so great that it takes 40 minutes for signals to reach antennaes of the deep space-tracking network. "Radio demands are generated for transmission to the two craft from Mission Control and Computing Centre at NASA's Jet Propulsion Centre in Pasadena. The rings of Saturn have fascinated scientists for decades. At the time of closest encounter by the first Voyager on November 12th, 1980, it will have travelled one-point-four billion miles through space. As Voyager examines Saturn and its largest moon, Titan, it will stay outside its hazardous rings." Project Voyager -- an extensive reconnaissance mission to the outer region of the solar system."
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Background: The United States' latest space programme, the exploration of the planets Saturn and Jupiter by the twin `Voyager' space-craft, is almost ready for take off after several years of planning and preparation. Unforeseen delays apart, the two relatively tiny craft will be launched from Pasadena, California, aboard Titan Centaur rockets within the next two months. A report from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration centre in Pasadena.