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On the plane to North Carolina. Clouds! Photo taken by me.

I spent this afternoon at a workshop on Rapid Media Prototyping, as part of ScienceOnline 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. So in the spirit of the session here is a rough and ready thing that I made…

It’s a timeline of photos taken by both Voyager spacecraft on their trip through the outer solar system and towards interstellar space. I used Timeline JS and a Google Docs spreadsheet, and all images and dates are taken from Wikipedia’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 pages. Most images were taken by Voyager 1 or 2 and all belong to NASA.

Let me know what you think! Would you like to see a more complete version?

Kelly Oakes About the Author: Kelly Oakes has a master's in science communication and a physics degree, both from Imperial College London. Now she spends her days writing about science. Follow on Twitter @kahoakes.

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  1. 1. jtdwyer 6:31 pm 01/30/2013

    I’m really old, but I didn’t get it until I happened to roll the cursor over the right side of the presentation space & found a popup scroll bar. Looks like a prototyping tool, to me…

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  2. 2. Kelly Oakes in reply to Kelly Oakes 9:00 am 01/31/2013

    It is a bit squished in in this post – try going here instead: http://embed.verite.co/timeline/?source=0ArctUJ2z2aridFV0ZmlhWjlRQ0wyUEh4cUdfZUlXMnc&font=Bevan-PotanoSans&maptype=toner&lang=en&height=650

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  3. 3. jtdwyer 3:52 pm 01/31/2013

    That is much clearer to these old eyes – thanks!

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  4. 4. Tiagoacpereira 5:11 pm 01/31/2013

    Yeah.. for sure I want to see the complete version…
    It was a great post, I’m a big fan of Carl Sagan because of “The Pale Blue Dot” and his inspiration was Voyager’s pics.

    Thanks

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  5. 5. Sunny-Omer 1:21 am 02/1/2013

    Images are super but too small. I wanted to have an up close look. I don’t see an image zoom

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  6. 6. msadesign 8:15 am 02/1/2013

    Ms. Oakes: You have a fine career ahead of you and I look forward to more of your work.

    And BTW: those pix don’t belong to NASA. They belong to us. All of us. As NASA will tell you.

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  7. 7. Kelly Oakes in reply to Kelly Oakes 5:59 pm 02/1/2013

    Thanks for all your comments! Really useful.

    Sunny-Omer: Yep, I agree with you that zooming would be good. I’m going to try and expand on this idea when I get some time after the meeting, it might require a bit of code tinkering or finding a new tool to make it do more of what I want.

    Tiagoacpereira: I totally forgot to include the pale blue dot image! Thanks for the reminder, it will make an appearance in the next iteration for sure.

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