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RASC Mississauga Centre Meeting October 27

  • University of Toronto Mississauga 3359 Mississauga Road Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6 Canada (map)

The October 25 meeting of the RASC Mississauga Centre will feature a talk on the Voyager mission to the outer planets.

Talk Title: Voyager at 40

Speaker: Randy Attwood, Mississauga Centre

The two Voyager spacecraft were launched in 1977 - 40 years ago. Over a period of 12 years, they explored the four outer planets - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The discoveries changed our understanding of our solar system.

This talk will look at the mission and the discoveries as well as some of the challenges Voyager engineers faced in taking late 1960's spacecraft technology - which lasted only a couple years in space - and extended the lifetime to the required 12 years to complete the mission - and beyond. Now the two spacecraft are leaving the solar system and providing information on the heliopause - the boundary between our solar system and interstellar space.

Randy Attwood is the Honorary President of the Mississauga Centre.

Randy Attwood with Voyager at JPL in California

Randy Attwood with Voyager at JPL in California

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2082 in the William Davis Building. The meeting is open to the public and is free.  

Enter off of Mississauga Road. Park in lot 4 or the parkade, across from the fitness centre south of theDavis Building. Enter through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs until you reach the main corridor then turn right. (If you need an elevator,follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the main floor.) Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

Post meeting plans: we usually continue the discussion post-meeting at a local bar – please join us!