NPR logo

Commentary: Pioneer 10

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1185488/1185489" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Commentary: Pioneer 10

Commentary: Pioneer 10

Commentary: Pioneer 10

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1185488/1185489" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

After more than 30 years of space travel, NASA has lost contact with the robot explorer Pioneer 10. Commentator Andrew Chaikin looks back on the "life" of Pioneer 10 — the spacecraft whose interstellar wandering has given scientists some of the first intimate glimpses of outer space. Pioneer 10 was equipped with information about where it came from, as a message for whoever may find the unmanned probe.