Voyager 1, NASA’s 1977 iPod, turns 35

Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 is among the sounds aboard Voyager 1. Disco was not allowed.
(Credit: NASA)
For a mobile music player that’s 100,000 times less powerful than a crummy 8GB iPod Nano, Voyager 1 is mighty awesome.
The NASA space probe was launched 35 years ago today, on September 5, 1977, three months after a new space opera called “Star Wars” hit theaters. Programmed to explore the outer planets, it has traveled farther than any man-made object since then, and is leaving our solar system for interstellar space.
With its 68-kilobyte computer memory and 8-track tape recorder,…

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