The Voyager 2 probe, which left Earth in 1977, has become the second human-made object to leave our Solar System. Joining its sister ship, Voyager 1 in interstellar space, the craft will now provide “first-of-its-kind observations of the nature of this gateway into interstellar space”, according to launch engineers, NASA.
A gloriously stomping riff though time and space, “INFERNO ON IO” is the first single off Warren Greveson’s ‘VOYAGER’ CD/film imagining about the world-famous programme.
Released this September (2018), the album traces the launch and 40 year journeying of the Voyager I and 2 spacecraft in a two-disc package comprising an audio CD and DVD of the music synchronized to specially commissioned 70 minute-long film, ‘HELLO FROM PLANET EARTH’.
The film recently won the Award for Best Film Soundtrack at the Colorado International Sci-Fi & Fantasy film Festival.
‘VOYAGER’ comprises two 9-track parts: “Journey to Jupiter” and “Saturn And Beyond” which from launch to concluding track “Legacy”, form a cosmic ‘fly-by’ taking in Jupiter and its major moons, Europa, Ganymede, Io and Callisto, and then on to Saturn, Titan, Uranus and Neptune.
Io is one of the major moons orbiting Jupiter and far from being an inert lump of rock, enthuses multi-instrumentalist Greveson, a self-admitted ‘space nut’.
“It’s the most volcanically active place in our solar system, with at least eight active volcanoes, throwing plumes of smoke and ash over 50 miles from its surface,” he says.
“Io is so close to Jupiter that gravity is stretching and squeezing the moon rather as we would a stress ball!
“There is a constant static electrical discharge of three million amps to the surface of Jupiter causing storms on the surface of the gas giant.
“It’s not a world we would be able to exist on – ‘Inferno On Io’ exemplifies the fact!”
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