NASA’s Voyager 1 becomes first spacecraft to leave our solar system
Thirty-six years after being launched and having travelled about 19 billion kilometres from the sun, NASA’s spacecraft Voyager 1 has become the first human-made object to venture out of our solar system and enter the interstellar space. Images of the probe, and its dramatic journey.
- This artist rendering shows NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft barreling through space. NASA scientists confirmed today that the Voyager 1 space probe has become the first human-made object to leave the solar system and venture into interstellar space. AP
- Voyager 1 spacecraft is shown exploring a new region in the solar system called the “magnetic highway”. Voyager 1, launched on 5 September 1977 to explore the outer planets, has passed into a new region on its way out of the solar system. Reuters
- The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles (19 billion kilometres) from our sun, and 11.6 billion miles from Earth. Travelling at the speed of light, a signal from Voyager 1 takes about 17 hours to travel to Earth. Reuters
- This file artist’s concept shows Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 at the edge of the solar system. The evidence of Voyager 1 crossing the solar system arrived in the form of an other-worldly radio transmission recorded on Voyager’s eight-track tape recorder. AFP
- This artist’s concept shows Voyager encountering Saturn en tour the solar system. The amount of power available to the probe has decreased over time, and will no longer be able to power any single instrument by 2025, reports say. Reuters
- With Voyager 1 leaving the solar system, one can’t help hoping to find another life in our universe. And if it does, the Voyager is equipped with a gold-plated record with images from Earth and greetings in 55 languages. AFP