Sketch for the Voyager 2 Encounter, 1985

tracking-Voyager-Nov1985-Harden-sketch.jpg

Description

The VLA was used with Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Deep Space Network in Goldstone CA to track NASA’s Voyager 2 encounter with Neptune in 1989. NRAO began planning and preparations in 1982, and test phased array observing on Voyager and planets began several years before the encounter as more antennas became outfitted for X-band. NRAO devoted 340 hours of VLA observing time to system tests and reception of Voyager's telemetry, and there were 40 scheduled telemetry passes from 26 April through 28 September 1989. This November 1985 sketch by Socorro's Paul Harden shows Bill Brundage (NRAO) and Ron Logan (JPL) with the test instrument setup at the VLA.

Creator

Records of the NRAO

Type

Still Image

Identifier

tracking-Voyager-Nov1985-Harden-sketch.jpg

Original Format of Digital Item

Drawing

Location

Start Date

1985-11

Photographer

Photo Credit

Paul Harding

Series

Photographs Series

Unit

VLA Unit

Subunit

Voyager Project Subunit

Citation

Records of the NRAO, “Sketch for the Voyager 2 Encounter, 1985,” NRAO/AUI Archives, accessed April 16, 2024, https://www.nrao.edu/archives/items/show/35215.