Ryan Thomason

Voyager 1, 33 years later

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Launched by NASA in 1977 Voyager 1 was on a mission to locate and study what we call our solar system, 33 years later, scientists are still masturbating about how much of a success the project has been.

Since its launch on September 5, 1977, Voyager 1 has traveled more than 10.8 billion miles, photographing some of the most spectacular and iconic images of our solar system’s planets and moons, and returning stunning pictures of our very own home planet.

This picture here on the left is the first time Earth and the Moon were ever taken in the same photo graph, though on of my favorites (see gallery) is the infamous blue dot. Yup, that is Earth in that circle, and wide open dead space all around it. So cool.

Fun Fact:
In a series of messages and sounds of Earth intended as greetings for any extraterrestrial beings the spacecraft might encounter during its decades-long sojourn through outer space, NASA launched Voyager carrying 12-inch gold-plated copper discs (see image below).

Moving at a speed of 10.5 miles per second, the equivalent of more than 38,000 miles per hour, Voyager 1 is now the most distant man-made object from Earth, and last week, after a 33-year journey, it reached the outer limits of our solar system.

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