NASA’s iconic Voyager 1 celebrates 45 years in space

NASA’s venerable Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached a key milestone.

The Voyager 1 probe was launched 45 years in the past on September 5, 1977, simply weeks after its twin Voyager 2 however quickly overtook it. Each spacecraft had been designed to fly previous Jupiter and Saturn, making the most of a good photo voltaic system alignment. On the time, nobody anticipated the spacecraft to nonetheless be functioning greater than 4 many years later. However now the Voyagers stretch to about 50 years in area. Voyager 1 is at the moment greater than 14.6 billion miles (23.5 billion kilometers) from Earth – greater than 157 occasions the gap between our planet and the solar – and is shifting outward at a velocity 38,000 mph (60,000 km/h).

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