Voyager 2 makes its closet orbit to Uranus, January 24, 1986
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Some basic facts about Voyager 2
Voyager 2 has visited more planets than any other spacecraft, swinging by Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 2 was deflected downward by Neptune and is heading southward below the plane of the planets. With a somewhat lower speed than Voyager 1, it is about eighty percent as far from the Sun.
Voyager 2 confirmed that our solar system is “ squashed” or ” dented”- that the bubble carved into interstellar space by the solar wind is not perfectly round.
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The Voyager’s were built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., which continues to operate both spacecraft 26 years after their launch. The spacecraft are controlled and their data returned through the Deep Space Network (DSN), a global spacecraft tracking system also operated by JPL.