History of the Week
March 2, 1972
On this day in history the United States launched the world’s first outer-planetary probe from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The probe, called Pioneer 10, was sent to Jupiter and provided NASA with the first up close up photos of Jupiter.
By June of 1983 the spacecraft left the solar system and radioed back the first scientific data on interstellar space. The probe continued being used until 1997 after having traveled six billion miles.