Jimmy Carter was seven months into his term as the 39th president of the U.S., the first “Star Wars” movie was in the theaters, and Elvis Presley had just died when NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft lifted off on Aug. 20, 1977, aboard a Titan-Centaur rocket from Cape Canaveral AFS for a five-year primary mission to the outer Solar System. It was the first of two spacecraft to fly on the Mariner Jupiter/Saturn project that emerged after budget constraints forced NASA to scale ...

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