The Space History Museum
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Space Buff Level I

Pioneer 10
IMAGE ABOVE: The American spacecraft Pioneer 10, launched in 1972, was the first vehicle to reach Jupiter. Today, it has left the solar system and is traveling in interstellar space.
Human spaceflight has inherent drama, and this was especially true in the early days. But uncrewed missions pushed the boundaries and sent probes out to the edge of the solar system and eventually beyond.
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