I'd like to think that they made it.
As the whole world knows, communication was lost approximately 24 hours after the Jupiter II left Earth's atmosphere. Nothing was ever heard of them again.
It is possible that their auto-communications system was damaged but their life-support and engines still functioned. They were all placed in cryogenic sleep, so it's terrible to think that they might have all gone to sleep and then never woke up. I pray they made it to Alpha Centauri or to some other hospitable planet and that they just couldn't contact us. I don't like thinking that they died out there somewhere.....lost in space.
|Official publicity photo released by NASA in 1996|