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Voyager 1
« on: November 11, 2009, 08:43:48 PM »
Thought this might be of interest to some here, though I'm sure this won't be anything new to some people here. Voyager 1 was launched in 1977 (about 32 years ago), and is currently about 111 AU away from the sun. For comparison sake, according to the numbers I found online, the nearest star to us is 272,061 AU away. According to the wiki article, "If Voyager 1 were traveling in the direction of the nearest star, it would arrive in about 75,000 years." Every time I hear numbers about exactly how large the universe is, it boggles my mind, and that's true here as well. Anyway, Voyager 1 may eventually become the first human-made object to leave our solar system. According to wiki Voyager 1 will have power until 2025 or later.

Here are some images of Jupiter sent back by Voyager 1, back in 1979...

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Re: Voyager 1
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2009, 09:25:06 PM »
That is mesmerizing.  Thanks!
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