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Pioneer 10
Pioneer 10 is a 258-kilogram robotic space probe that completed the first interplanetary mission to Jupiter, and became the first spacecraft to achieve escape velocity from the Solar System. The project was managed by the NASA Ames Research Center and the contract for the construction of the spacecraft was awarded to TRW Inc...
Timeline of Events
1972
3.2.1972
The Pioneer 10 space probe is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a mission to explore the outer planets.
1973
12.3.1973
Pioneer program: Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter.
1983
4.25.1983
Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit.
6.13.1983
''Pioneer 10'' becomes the first man-made object to leave the solar system.
2002
4.27.2002
The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10.
2003
1.23.2003
Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10
2006
3.4.2006
No response is received in the final attempt to contact Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network.