Earlier this month, NASA confirmed that Voyager 1 reached the border of the solar system. This momentous occasion is a major milestone in space exploration. As we close World Contraception Day (WCD2013), September 26, there are many lessons we can learn from Voyager on our journey beyond WCD2013 toward access for voluntary family planning for all.
For those who are too young to remember or have little interest in space exploration, suffice it to say that so far no human attempt to learn about our solar system has given us so much knowledge about planets, rings, and satellites, as Voyager 1, NASA's biggest planetary expedition, launched 36 years ago.
What can the international public health community learn from Voyager 1 this WCD2013?
Lesson 1: How to make a dream possible by understanding the facts and setting goals.
Voyager 1 started with a dream of reaching our solar system’s big planets and confirming the few facts we knew about Jupiter and Saturn. NASA set the course for a meticulous scientific goal that resulted in four planets explored and 22 fascinating moons discovered.