NASA’s iconic Voyager 1 marks 45 years in space

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

The Voyager 1 The probe was launched 45 years ago, on September 5, 1977, just weeks after its twin Voyager 2 but quickly overtaken. The two spacecraft are designed to fly over Jupiter and Saturn, taking advantage of a favorable advantage Solar System alignment. At the time, no one expected the spacecraft to still be operating after more than four decades. But now, Voyager spans nearly 50 years in space. Voyager 1 is currently more than 14.6 billion miles (23.5 billion km) from a land This distance is more than 157 times the distance from our planet to the Sun – and it travels outward at 38,000 miles per hour (60,000 km/h).

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