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In 1972, NASA’s Glenn Research Center launched the space probe called Pioneer 10 from Cape Kennedy, now known as the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The purpose of the mission was to obtain close-up images of Jupiter. In June of 1983, Pioneer 10 became the first man-made object to pass the outer limits of the solar system, traveling past all known planets into interstellar space. The mission officially came to a close in 1997, although the probe was still able to transmit data after this time. It’s final signal was transmitted on June 23, 2003, from nearly 7.6 million miles away.
NASA Glenn Pioneer Launch History. (2003 March). Pioneer 10: Mission to Jupiter and beyond. NASA. Retrieved from https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/about/history/pioneer.html