EGYPT – On this day in space … Pioneer 10 launches the last signal to Earth


(MENAFN – Youm7) Did you know that on the same day January 22, 2003, NASA’s Pioneer 10 spacecraft launched its last data transmission to Earth, where experts received its last signal, which focused on studying the outside world, it was NASA’s mission The first to the outer planets, the awareness of the first spacecraft to fly through the asteroid belt, and the first to visit Jupiter.

According to the American “space” website, the spacecraft ventured to reach exoplanets on its way out of the solar system and traveled more than 10 billion miles from Earth, and although it was supposed to last only 21 months, Pioneer 10 continued to collect data And sent it for more than 30 years before its radioisotope power supply stopped, and NASA could no longer contact it.

The spacecraft was launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch complex on March 2, 1972, with the aim of achieving direct observation of Jupiter that took place on December 3, 1973. Its objectives included studying the magnetic fields of planets, solar wind parameters and studying cosmic rays.

The spacecraft also continued the journey to become the first human-made object to come out of the boundaries of the solar system. The distance between the Earth and the sun is 80 times.

On this day in January 2003, a very weak signal from the spacecraft arrived as well as unclear, but it was nevertheless the last thing from the spacecraft that broke all the space records and scientific forecasts for it, and NASA is preparing to launch two new satellites this year to track Earth’s oceans.



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