Slingshot salvationI think it started around the time of my great, great, great, great grandfather, but I might be off by a generation or two. Whenever it was is no longer of any importance. What is important now is the success of this mission. The fate of the human race is at stake.
Early in the 21st century scientific exploration had been deemed only of importance on the surface or under the waves, and only if it could show appreciable results that would benefit man at that time. Any dreams of off-world expeditions were relegated to those of children that still had access to comics and science fiction books and magazines. Adults had become too jaded to even think about such things.
That all changed when a vehicle named Voyager 1, launched in 1977 (and essentially turned off in 2025) remarkably turned itself back on (with or without help is unknown). The control terminal at the station which had originally been used to monitor this craft