What NASA moment is most inspiring to you?
This Google Doodle celebrated Cassini's achievement.
It wasn't so long ago that we were celebrating Voyager 1, which NASA announced in late 2013 as the first human-made spacecraft to enter interstellar space … Boldly go, Voyager, boldly go …
This was a tremendous accomplishment in space exploration. As NASA points out, “no one has been to interstellar space before, and it's like traveling with guidebooks that are incomplete.” NASA has also commented that “uncertainty is part of exploration. We wouldn't go exploring if we knew exactly what we'd find." And that is the wonder and triumph of exploring that NASA has brought us so many times.
The two Voyager crafts, launched in 1977, are among my favorite NASA endeavors. Between them, they had visited Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune all by 1989. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their accomplishments. They are so beloved, Voyager crafts often appear in sci-fi books, TV shows, and movies. Here’s a photo of Captain Kirk “finding” Voyager.
That brings us to this week’s question: What NASA moment is most inspiring to you? Perhaps it’s the moon landing, or Mars Curiosity, when the Apollo 13 crew returned safely, a Space Shuttle mission, the recent flyby of Pluto, or one of many, many other moments.
Post your short answers below and check out this blog for more 5 Engineers questions to come to voice your opinion.
Editor's note: This article was originally posted on September 12, 2013 and updated on April 27, 2017.
- NASA: Revealing the unknown to benefit all humankind
- Apollo 11 makes 1st manned landing on the moon, July 20, 1969
- Voyager: The mathematics of interstellar space travel
- Voyager 1 takes 1st photos of Earth and moon together, September 18, 1977
- NASA unveils 1st Space Shuttle, September 17, 1976
- Mission to Pluto: An interview with New Horizons' “MOM”
- 5 Engineering Lessons from Pluto
- Touchdown! ESA lands on comet