Voyager 1 enters interstellar space - an incredible journey

Voyager 1 enters interstellar space - an incredible journey

Summary: The Voyager 1 spacecraft has been cruising along for more than 36 years and just earned its greatest achievement by being the first human-made object to break into interstellar space. Here's a look at its entire trip.

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  • The Voyagers discovered new information about the rings that revolve around Saturn, in particular the twisted F-Ring. One discovery was how the nearby moons affect the structure of the rings.

  • In January 1986, Voyager 2 was the first human-made visitor to Uranus. Left is a true-color view of the planet and a false color view is right.

  • Some of the most interesting Voyager discoveries were from the many moons orbiting the giant gas planets. One of them is Miranda, the innermost of Uranus's large moons. Miranda is about 22,000 miles away from Voyager 2 in this photograph.

    This clear-filter, narrow-angle image shows an area about 150 miles across. Two distinct terrain types are visible: a rugged, mountainous region (right) and a lower, striated terrain (left). Craters on the higher terrain show that it is older than the lower terrain. The crater in the lower part of this image is about 15 miles across.

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  • Interesting

    To me, this was by far the most interesting article in a long time. Thanks for this compilation. I now must bring my imagination back down to earth and focus on earthly matters.
    hades_2100
    • Those guys at area 51

      ... already figure intestellar travel out (w/ the help from aliens of course). They are just not sharing it w/ the public.
      LBiege
      • Re: Those guys at area 51 ... already figure intestellar travel

        After all, without their help, those fake soundstages couldn't have been built on Gliese 581c for filming the Apollo 11 "moon" landings.
        ldo17
  • The best article in recent times.

    Very informative. I bookmarked this.
    Ram U
  • defining unknowns for next voyagers....

    voyager II may be long time off, yet whole new discovery helps define new mission past solar system....

    drashek
    VONDRASHEK9
  • Great write up Andy..

    The piece I was looking for was how (assuming we are) still in communication with Voyager at that distance? Anyone know?
    omdguy
    • keeping in touch

      4g LTE connection and an android based cell phone... lol
      Jeremy Walters
      • RE: keeping in touch (4g LTE)

        Jeremy, oh Jeremy, why on earth did you have to spoil your good and insightful comment on how they keep in touch with the "lol" at the end?
        fifidonkor
    • See the NASA website...

      http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/voyager/index.html
      michaelbreton
    • Plutonium

      Plutonium thermal batteries. They'll stop working in about ten more years.
      Bill4
  • I hate to nitpick, but...

    ...it was Voyager VI in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

    Still, an interesting article.

    Thank you.
    2ndofThree
  • For a total perspective

    Add to the minute blue spec on image 26 "You are here".
    Makes you feel humble!
    Nitramd
  • Pioneer spacecraft was first.

    I believe that either the Pioneer 10 or the Pioneer 11 was the first man made object to leave our solar system.
    raylene_pak
    • Kinda...

      Voyager has actually passed Pioneer 10 which was given credit for leaving the solar system years ago. It must depend on where they're drawing the solar system line today. Voyager, for example, wont have passed the Oort Cloud (if it exists) for another 300-400 years.
      Bill4
  • Great article, nice photos, bad format.

    Please move to a Javascript photo gallery and just load new ads with Ajax if you have to because it painful sometimes to read articles here and views photos.
    thank you.
    look595
  • V GER

    Its coming Back To Kill Us ALL !
    sightsandsounds
    • VGER

      Only seeks to meet and become one with the creator.
      greywolf7
  • Seriously

    All that time around Jupiter and its moons and it STILL couldn't find the monolith?
    Non-Euclidean
  • delete off topic thread

    Delete Master Yoda's post and what follows... common ZDNet you deleted one snarky comment I made and you ignore this garbage? Really?
    greywolf7
  • sci fi

    Thirty-six years just to leave the solar system. If nothing else that fact alone suggests how unattainable any hopes or dreams for interstellar space travel are and will be for a long time to come.
    MadCityObserver