Pioneer 10 Anniversary
Tomorrow marks the anniversary of Pioneer 10, the first spacecraft to travel through the asteroid belt.
“On March 2, 1972, engineers from NASA’s Glenn Research Center launched Pioneer 10 from the Cape Kennedy, carrying Earth’s first space probe to an outer planet. This launch was just one of the many historic missions started by Glenn’s former launch vehicles team. Glenn successfully managed the launch of Pioneer 10: the first spacecraft to travel through the Asteroid belt, the first spacecraft to make direct observations and obtain close-up images of Jupiter, and the first man-made object to leave the solar system and travel on a flight path into interstellar space. Until February 1998, Pioneer 10 was the most remote object ever made by man.”