Ed Stone, Leading Scientist On The Voyager Mission, Passes Away At 88

12th Jun 2024
Ed Stone, Leading Scientist On The Voyager Mission, Passes Away At 88

On Tuesday, 11th June, Ed Stone passed away at the age of 88. He was a scientist who directed NASA’s pioneering Voyager mission to the outer planets for five decades and oversaw the Jet Propulsion Laboratory during its successful landing of the first rover on Mars.

Ed Stone’s Role In Space Exploration

Ed Stone was a pioneering physicist in the early days of space exploration. He played a crucial role in NASA missions to Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. The discoveries made under his leadership transformed scientists’ understanding of the solar system and inspired humanity’s ambition to explore distant worlds.

Also, Ed Stone and his team of over 200 science collaborators were the first to discover lightning on Jupiter and volcanoes on its moon Io. They identified six previously unknown moons around Saturn and found evidence of the largest ocean in the solar system on Jupiter’s moon Europa, as well as geysers on Neptune’s moon Triton.

Ed Stone And Voyager Mission

The Voyager 1 spacecraft became the first human-made object to reach interstellar space in 2012, with Voyager 2 following in 2018.

Ed Stone and Voyager
Ed Stone, pictured with a model of the Voyager spacecraft, said the discovery of volcanoes on Io was a highlight of the mission. Credit: NASA

The twin probes continue to communicate weekly with Earth from interstellar space.

Stone retired in 2022, marking the mission’s 50th anniversary.

R.I.P. to a passionate scientist and space explorer!

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