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Scientific exploration: What a long, strange trip it's been

Launched in 1977, NASA's Voyager missions transformed humanity's view of the Solar System. Now in their fourth decade, they are sending back information about the borderlands of interstellar space. Here, three veterans recall details and moments that meant something special along the way.

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For more information on the Voyager missions, see the News and Views article on page 38 ; the sequence of six Letters starting on pages 63, 67, 71, 75, 78 and 81 the video at and the podcast at

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Scientific exploration: What a long, strange trip it's been. Nature 454, 24–25 (2008).

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