Voyager – The Grand Tour - Voyager 1, 1977: First photograph ever with the Earth and the Moon in a single frame, NASA/JPL | Drawing Detroit 2010
Voyager 1, 1977: First photograph ever with the Earth and the Moon in a single frame, NASA/JPL | Drawing Detroit 2010
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Voyager – The Grand Tour - Astronomical telescope photographs of the night sky (negative),  Griffith Park Observatory, Los Angeles
Astronomical telescope photographs of the night sky (negative), Griffith Park Observatory, Los Angeles
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Voyager – The Grand Tour - Sunset with spaceship, Griffith Park, Los Angeles.
Sunset with spaceship, Griffith Park, Los Angeles.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Griffith Park Observatory and downtown Los Angeles.
Griffith Park Observatory and downtown Los Angeles.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Until the Voyager mission, research of the outer planets had only been carried out using telescopic observations.  | Photograph of Jupiter with two moons, taken during Voyager 1’s Jupiter fly-by,  Griffith Park Observatory.
Until the Voyager mission, research of the outer planets had only been carried out using telescopic observations. | Photograph of Jupiter with two moons, taken during Voyager 1’s Jupiter fly-by, Griffith Park Observatory.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Moons of the outer solar system (NASA/JPL).
Moons of the outer solar system (NASA/JPL).
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Looking towards the Pacific from the Griffith Park Observatory.
Looking towards the Pacific from the Griffith Park Observatory.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Buildings 300 and 301 of the JPL, Woodward Street Complex, home of the  Voyager Project Office, Pasadena, CA.
Buildings 300 and 301 of the JPL, Woodward Street Complex, home of the Voyager Project Office, Pasadena, CA.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - The Voyager Project conference room.
The Voyager Project conference room.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Dr Ed Stone, Voyager Project Scientist on the mission since it began in 1977. Voyager Project conference room.
Dr Ed Stone, Voyager Project Scientist on the mission since it began in 1977. Voyager Project conference room.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Looking towards the Mission Control area. | Lego model of the  Voyager probe in the Voyager Project conference room.
Looking towards the Mission Control area. | Lego model of the Voyager probe in the Voyager Project conference room.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Voyager Project Office, Pasadena. | Flight paths of Voyager 1 and 2 within the solar system.
Voyager Project Office, Pasadena. | Flight paths of Voyager 1 and 2 within the solar system.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Voyager Mission Controller. Instructions for the Voyager craft are programmed and fed in to the control computer here.  
Voyager Mission Controller. Instructions for the Voyager craft are programmed and fed in to the control computer here.  
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Voyager Mission Controller navigation computer. Data entered here is transmitted to both Voyager probes via the Deep Space Network.
Voyager Mission Controller navigation computer. Data entered here is transmitted to both Voyager probes via the Deep Space Network.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Entrance to the Voyager Project Office, Pasadena.
Entrance to the Voyager Project Office, Pasadena.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Entrance to the main site of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The JPL  conducts unmanned US space missions on behalf of NASA, including  the Voyager project.
Entrance to the main site of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The JPL conducts unmanned US space missions on behalf of NASA, including the Voyager project.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Established in 1934, the JPL is situated in a valley on the northern outskirts of Pasadena. The formerly uninhabited area was chosen in order to enable the safe testing of rockets.
Established in 1934, the JPL is situated in a valley on the northern outskirts of Pasadena. The formerly uninhabited area was chosen in order to enable the safe testing of rockets.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - The JPL develops and constructs the spacecraft itself (illustrated here is the  Mars Rover clean room). It is also responsible for monitoring and controlling  missions.
The JPL develops and constructs the spacecraft itself (illustrated here is the Mars Rover clean room). It is also responsible for monitoring and controlling missions.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - The disc’s protective cover mounted on the exterior of the probe (NASA/JPL). | An image of Io, a moon of Jupiter, taken by Voyager 1 (NASA/JPL).
The disc’s protective cover mounted on the exterior of the probe (NASA/JPL). | An image of Io, a moon of Jupiter, taken by Voyager 1 (NASA/JPL).
Voyager – The Grand Tour - A one-to-one model of the VGR77-Voyager in the Theodore von Kármán Auditorium at the JPL, in a protective covering due to renovation work. It is a non-functioning scale model.
A one-to-one model of the VGR77-Voyager in the Theodore von Kármán Auditorium at the JPL, in a protective covering due to renovation work. It is a non-functioning scale model.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Besides other instruments, the moveable Scan Platform houses the  Voyager’s cameras (Narrow and Wide Angle Image Subsystem).
Besides other instruments, the moveable Scan Platform houses the Voyager’s cameras (Narrow and Wide Angle Image Subsystem).
Voyager – The Grand Tour - The Golden Record on the probe’s exterior, next to a silver temperature regulator.
The Golden Record on the probe’s exterior, next to a silver temperature regulator.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - The JPL control room. The place where data from ongoing missions  is received and distributed to the relevant teams. The room is only fully  occupied during critical manoeuvres such as launches and planetary  encounters.
The JPL control room. The place where data from ongoing missions is received and distributed to the relevant teams. The room is only fully occupied during critical manoeuvres such as launches and planetary encounters.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - A few of the ongoing JPL missions are shown on the display screen in the control room. Besides Voyager 1 and 2, they are the Juno mission to Jupiter, launched in 2011, GRAIL and the Mars exploratory missions.
A few of the ongoing JPL missions are shown on the display screen in the control room. Besides Voyager 1 and 2, they are the Juno mission to Jupiter, launched in 2011, GRAIL and the Mars exploratory missions.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Right: The boundaries  of the solar system (NASA/JPL).
Right: The boundaries of the solar system (NASA/JPL).
Voyager – The Grand Tour - At the Goldstone Deep Space Communication Complex, one of the three sites of the Deep Space Network, radio contact with JPL spacecraft is maintained. Entrance gate. GATE.
At the Goldstone Deep Space Communication Complex, one of the three sites of the Deep Space Network, radio contact with JPL spacecraft is maintained. Entrance gate. GATE.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Nasa Road runs from Fort Irwin to the Goldstone Complex.  Turn-off to the Venus Site and DSS13.
Nasa Road runs from Fort Irwin to the Goldstone Complex. Turn-off to the Venus Site and DSS13.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Construction of the 64 m (later 70 m) DSS 14 antenna, Mars Site. —  Model of the DSS 14, Goldstone Museum.
Construction of the 64 m (later 70 m) DSS 14 antenna, Mars Site. — Model of the DSS 14, Goldstone Museum.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Control console of the 70 m antenna (DSS 14) in the adjacent Signal Processing Center. Radio contact (Upstream/Downstream) with Voyager 1 is maintained here.
Control console of the 70 m antenna (DSS 14) in the adjacent Signal Processing Center. Radio contact (Upstream/Downstream) with Voyager 1 is maintained here.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Voyager, DSS 14.
Voyager, DSS 14.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Uranus Site.
Uranus Site.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - DSS 12 (Echo Site), the Goldstone administrative buildings, support facilities  and museum.
DSS 12 (Echo Site), the Goldstone administrative buildings, support facilities and museum.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - The location of JPL and Goldstone.
The location of JPL and Goldstone.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - The Planetary Society, a private association with the aim of populising space exploration, is just a few miles from the JPL. As well as issuing fellowships for scientific research, the society carries out lobby work.
The Planetary Society, a private association with the aim of populising space exploration, is just a few miles from the JPL. As well as issuing fellowships for scientific research, the society carries out lobby work.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Portraits of the founders Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and  Louis Friedman in the stairway.
Portraits of the founders Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman in the stairway.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Bill Nye, Executive Director of the The Planetary Society,  was a student of Carl Sagan at Cornell University. Office of The Planetary Society.
Bill Nye, Executive Director of the The Planetary Society, was a student of Carl Sagan at Cornell University. Office of The Planetary Society.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - To promote space exploration, The Planetary Society, in collaboration with Lego,  put a DVD on the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity (2004). Also on Mars, due to  another initiative of the society: a DVD for future astronauts (2007).
To promote space exploration, The Planetary Society, in collaboration with Lego, put a DVD on the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity (2004). Also on Mars, due to another initiative of the society: a DVD for future astronauts (2007).
Voyager – The Grand Tour - A model of Voyager in the office of The Planetary Society.
A model of Voyager in the office of The Planetary Society.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Kurt Waldheim's message to the aliens (Transcript). | Early alien — Inhabitant of the “dog star”, according to Gottfried August Bürger: Wunderbare Reisen zu Wasser und zu Lande des Freiherrn von Münchhausen, 1786.
Kurt Waldheim's message to the aliens (Transcript). | Early alien — Inhabitant of the “dog star”, according to Gottfried August Bürger: Wunderbare Reisen zu Wasser und zu Lande des Freiherrn von Münchhausen, 1786.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - A replica of the Golden Record in the Theodore von Kármán Auditorium of the JPL.
A replica of the Golden Record in the Theodore von Kármán Auditorium of the JPL.
Voyager – The Grand Tour - Engraving on the protective cover of the Golden Record (negative). | The image NASA rejected for inclusion on the Golden Record. Instead, a silhouetted depiction of the image was used. (Photo: George Hester)
Engraving on the protective cover of the Golden Record (negative). | The image NASA rejected for inclusion on the Golden Record. Instead, a silhouetted depiction of the image was used. (Photo: George Hester)
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Voyager – The Grand Tour - Camille Flammarion, L’Atmosphere: Météorologie Populaire, Paris 1888, p. 163 (colourised). | Starman movie poster.
Camille Flammarion, L’Atmosphere: Météorologie Populaire, Paris 1888, p. 163 (colourised). | Starman movie poster.
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Voyager – The Grand Tour

2010 – 2015
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Launched by NASA in 1977, the two Voyager probes were carrying identical golden discs. Borne into interstellar space, they contained greetings, images and sounds of the Earth, with the intention of communicating the terrestrial zeitgeist of the era.

Despite having disappeared from both the outer reaches of the solar system and the cultural consciousness, the Voyager programme now receives a unique bibliophilic memorial. With the sober insight of the 21st century, photographer Martin Eberle documents and recapitulates this self-intoxicated pinnacle of the space age in three meticulous volumes. Places, protagonists and technologies are vividly revisited, and the mission’s self-referential messages to the Earth’s inhabitants are resolved pictorially and textually.

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