We’re nearly at the 40th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Voyager spacecraft. And they’re still going! Let’s remember these amazing missions.
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Many people remember exactly where they were when humans first set foot on the Moon. But for those of us born after 1969, we’ve got to hang on to other epic moments in spaceflight history. I vividly remember watching the first launch of the space shuttle in 1981 when I was 9 years old, and I remember when NASA’s Voyager spacecraft swept past each of the outer giant planets in the Solar System: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
It’s been nearly 40 years since the Voyagers blasted away from Earth, on their voyage into interstellar space, and here’s the most amazing part. They’re still operational. Still working hard to deliver us science, from the outer Solar System.
As I record this video, Voyager 1 is the most distant object ever created by human beings, more than 20 billion kilometers away from Earth, more than 4 times the distance to Pluto. Here’s the really mind bending part. Voyager 1 is the farthest object we know of in the entire Solar System.
But I’m getting ahead of myself, it’s time to look back, nearly 40 years and remember the Voyager missions and their amazing accomplishments over the decades.