National Aeronautics and Space Administration Logo
Follow this link to skip to the main content NASA Banner
Solar System Exploration
Pioneer 8
Missions to Our Solar System
 By Target   By Name   By Decade 
Beyond Our Solar System Our Solar System Sun Mercury Venus Moon Earth Mars Dwarf Planets Dwarf Planets Dwarf Planets Asteroids Comets Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Kuiper Belt
Pioneer 08
Pioneer 8 Mission to Our Solar System

Goals: Pioneer 8 was the third in a series of solar orbiters designed to measure interplanetary phenomena such as the Sun's magnetic field, the solar wind, and solar and galactic cosmic rays from widely separated points in space on a continuing basis.

Accomplishments: Pioneers 6, 7, 8, and 9 formed a ring of solar-weather stations, spaced approximately along Earth's orbit, whose measurements were used to predict solar storms. Like Pioneer 7, Pioneer 8 studied Earth's magnetic tail in detail.

Key Dates
13 Dec 1967:  Launch
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
Pioneer 08 Facts Pioneers 6,7,8, and 9 were the world's first solar monitoring network.

Controllers intermittently maintained contact with Pioneer 8 for more than three decades.

Originally designed to operate in space for at least 6 months, the Pioneers lasted for decades.
People Spotlight
Charles Hall Charles Hall
"Charlie Hall's Pioneer 10 craft may be billions of miles from Earth, but his spirit will always be with us at NASA." Read More...
Awards and Recognition   Solar System Exploration Roadmap   Contact Us   Site Map   Print This Page
NASA Official: Kristen Erickson
Advisory: Dr. James Green, Director of Planetary Science
Outreach Manager: Alice Wessen
Curator/Editor: Phil Davis
Science Writers: Courtney O'Connor and Bill Dunford
Producer: Greg Baerg
Webmaster: David Martin
> NASA Science Mission Directorate
> Budgets, Strategic Plans and Accountability Reports
> Equal Employment Opportunity Data
   Posted Pursuant to the No Fear Act
> Information-Dissemination Policies and Inventories
> Freedom of Information Act
> Privacy Policy & Important Notices
> Inspector General Hotline
> Office of the Inspector General
> NASA Communications Policy
> NASA Advisory Council
> Open Government at NASA
Last Updated: 30 Nov 2010