Voyager 1: The Farthest Man-Made Object in Space

July 25, 2014 0

Follow the journey of the most distant man-made object in space with this infographic…

  • September 5, 1977:  Voyager 1 is launched
  • January, 1979:  Voyager 1 begins photographing the planet Jupiter
  • March 5, 1979:  Voyager comes close to Jupiter – within 217,000 miles – and discovers that Jupiter’s moon, Io, has many active volcanoes
  • November 12, 1980:  Voyager 1 passes Saturn
  • 1990:  From a distance of 3.7 billion miles, Voyager 1 takes the “Pale Blue Dot” picture of Earth, made famous by Carl Sagan
  • February 17, 1998:  Voyager 1 passes the Pioneer 10 spacecraft and takes the title of most-distant human made object in space
  • Dec 14, 2004:  Voyager 1 crosses the termination shock, entering what is known as the heliosheath, where solar winds slow to subsonic speeds
  • 2014:  11,820,700,000 miles from the sun, and traveling at a speed of 36,000 miles per hour… it’s now the fastest technology in space
  • 2017:  It’s estimated that Voyager 1 will pass the heliopause and finally reach interstellar space
  • 42,000 AD:  The approximate year when Voyager 1 will be within 1.6 light years of the star AC+79 3888, which is located in the Camelopardalis constellation.

Voyager journey through space 600w

 Infographic Source:  http://mashable.com/2014/03/17/voyager-1-timeline/