Voyager 1

Voyager Spacecraft Voyager Spacecraft

An artist's concept of the Voyager spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mission Summary

Voyager 1 reached interstellar space in August 2012 and is the most distant human-made object in existence. Launched just shortly after its twin spacecraft, Voyager 2, in 1977, Voyager 1 explored the Jovian and Saturnian systems discovering new moons, active volcanoes and a wealth of data about the outer solar system.

Voyagers 1 and 2 were designed to take advantage of a rare planetary alignment that occurs only once in 176 years and remain the most well traveled spacecraft in history. Both spacecraft carry a sort of time capsule called the Golden Record, a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the story of our world to extraterrestrials.

Mission Events

September 2013: After intensive analysis, mission scientists determine that Voyager 1 reached interstellar space in August 2012.
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Scientific Instrument(s)

- Imaging system
- Infrared interferometer spectrometer
- Ultraviolet spectrometer
- Triaxial fluxgate magnetometer
- Plasma spectrometer
- Low-energy charged particles detectors
- Cosmic Ray System (CRS)
- Photopolarimeter System (PPS)
- Plasma Wave System (PWS)


Type: Flyby
 
Status: Current
 
Launch Date: September 05, 1977
8:56 a.m. EDT (12:56 UTC)
 
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
 
Target: Jupiter, Saturn
 
Destination: Jupiter, Saturn
 
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