NASA Voyager Program

Raymond Heacock, JPL engineer who worked on Voyager mission, dies at 88

Raymond Heacock, JPL engineer who worked on Voyager mission, dies at 88

Raymond Leroy Heacock, an engineer who guided NASA’s Voyager mission through encounters with both Jupiter and Saturn, has died at his home in La Crescenta at the age of 88.

Heacock, who died Tuesday, spent his entire career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Caada Flintridge, where he worked from 1953 until his retirement in 1990. 

He contributed to some of the most notable space probes during his career, including the Mariner missions to Mars, Venus and Mercury, and the Hubble Space Telescope. However, he is best known for his work on the ambitious Voyager mission, which explored the outer planets of the solar system as well as their moons, and is...

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