Dr Edward Stone, A Very Famous Physicist Died At The Age Of 88


The visionary physicist Dr Edward Stone died at the age of 88, who helped NASA’s Voyager spacecraft to run rings around our solar system’s outer planets and, for the first time, to venture beyond to unravel star’s mysteries.

His death was confirmed by his daughter Susan C. Stone and the cause of the death is unreveled yet. He was very inspired by the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik in 1957, and this time he was a college student. After 20 years Dr Edward C. Stone went on to oversee the Voyager mission for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which of California Institute of Technology manages for NASA.

In the summer of 1997, the twin aircraft were launched separately, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 Cape Canaveral, Fla. It was happening for almost five decades, they were still collecting the data and continuing the research about the space.

Before Edward Stone was the program’s chief project scientist for 50 years. In starting of 1972, when he was just 36 years old and a physics professor at Caltech. He started getting famous and became the public face of the project with the double launch in 1977. 

He was a very lucky scientist because he took advantage of the gravitational convergence of four planets which only happens one time in 176 years. He releases the spacecraft on the past of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

After some time his spacecraft clicks some very high-resolution images of all four planets. The rings of the planets were very lightning and also the images of Jupiter’s moon lo.

In “The New York Times” in 2002, Dr Edward Stone said, “We were on a mission of discovery.” The Voyager 1 became the first human object to pass the heliopause frontier but this happened after so many challenges, the fierce solar wind of sub-atomic particles yields to the force of the other suns. Right now Voyager 1 is approx 15 million miles away from the Earth and travelling at the speed of 38,000 m.p.h. And in 2018 Voyager 2 crossed the border of Intesteller, this news is according to NASA.

Once Dr Edward Stone said “The two spacecraft will be Earth’s ambassadors to the stars, orbiting the Milky Way for billions of years,”

He won the medal of National Medal of Science from President George H.W. Bush in 1991 for his leadership on the Voyager project.

Dr.Edward Stone also became the chairman of the California Association for Research in Astronomy in the late 1980s and operated and built the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii.

In Hawaii, he became the founding executive director of the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory in 2014. He stayed in this position till 2022 and retired as Voyager’s chief scientist.

Family Of Dr Edward C. Stone

His father’s name was Edward Sr., and he owned a small construction company. His mother’s name was Ferne Elizabeth (Baber) Stone. Edward married Alice Trabue Wickliffe in 1962. He had one daughter named Susan C. Stone and had two grandsons.

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