Happy 35th birthday Voyager 1!

5 Sep

Voyager 1 launched on September 5, 1977

You may have launched 16 days after your twin, Voyager 2, but you have travelled further than any man-made object ever built. You are nearly 18 billion kilometers from home tonight – or almost 17 hours of travel time at the speed of light.

You are travelling nearly 60,000km/h – or 500 million kilometers per year.

You have seen truly amazing things, and helped us to understand our place in the cosmos a little bit better. You have opened our eyes to the true diversity of our solar system (like geysers of liquid nitrogen erupting at 40 degrees above absolute zero…aka -233 degrees Celsius).

This is a short video displaying some of the incredible photographs you’ve taken (both Voyager 1 & 2) as you explored Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. These are all actual photos.

And now, you are about to break though into interstellar space.

Thanks for the memories, and we can’t wait to see what’s next!

The video below (1 hour, 14 minutes in length) is the press conference and panel discussion from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California (that is where the Voyager mission is operated from), recorded the evening of September 4, 2012. It is a guided tour of the entire Voyager mission, led by the legendary Ed Stone. It’s definitely worth your time.

To read more fully about the Voyager mission you can read two of my previous blog posts on the subject: Happy 35th birthday Voyager 2 and The Pale Blue Dot.

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