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'''Voyager 1''' is a robotic spacecraft launched to explore the outer [[solar system]] by [[NASA]].  It was launched from Cape Canaveral on September 5, 1977 and has since toured the major planets, using each for a gravity assist, to alter the speed and trajectory of the craft.  Voyager 1 passed by [[Jupiter]] on July 9, 1979 and [[Saturn]] on August 25, 1979.  Voyager 2, it's twin, also passed by [[Neptune]] and [[Uranus]].  With these two craft (plus the earlier Pioneer Missions) much more information was learned about these outer planets.
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'''Voyager 1''' is a robotic spacecraft launched to explore the outer [[solar system]] by [[NASA]].  It was launched from [[Cape Canaveral]] on September 5, 1977 and has since toured the major planets, using each for a gravity assist, to alter the speed and trajectory of the craft.  Voyager 1 passed by [[Jupiter]] on July 9, 1979 and [[Saturn]] on August 25, 1979.  Voyager 2, it's twin, also passed by [[Neptune]] and [[Uranus]].  With these two craft (plus the earlier Pioneer missions) much more information was learned about these outer planets.
  
As of February 2008, Voyager 1 was at a distance of 9.8 billion miles (105.3 [[Astronomical unit|Astronomical Units]] (AU)) from the Sun.  Voyager 1 is escaping the solar system at a speed of about 3.6 AU per year.  Voyager 1 crossed the Termination shock on December 16, 2004, the area of space where the solar wind approaches the boundary of the heliosphere, and a termination shock forms where this wind abruptly slows down to about 250,000 miles per hour. <ref>[http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/fastfacts.html Voyager Mission Fast Facts]</ref>
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As of February 2008, Voyager 1 was at a distance of 9.8 billion miles (105.3 [[Astronomical unit|Astronomical Units]] (AU)) from the Sun.  Voyager 1 is escaping the solar system at a speed of about 3.6 AU per year.  Voyager 1 crossed the termination shock (the area of space where the solar wind approaches the boundary of the heliosphere and abruptly slows down to about 250,000 miles per hour) on December 16, 2004. <ref>[http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/fastfacts.html Voyager Mission Fast Facts]</ref>
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==

Revision as of 20:40, 19 July 2009

Voyager 1 is a robotic spacecraft launched to explore the outer solar system by NASA. It was launched from Cape Canaveral on September 5, 1977 and has since toured the major planets, using each for a gravity assist, to alter the speed and trajectory of the craft. Voyager 1 passed by Jupiter on July 9, 1979 and Saturn on August 25, 1979. Voyager 2, it's twin, also passed by Neptune and Uranus. With these two craft (plus the earlier Pioneer missions) much more information was learned about these outer planets.

As of February 2008, Voyager 1 was at a distance of 9.8 billion miles (105.3 Astronomical Units (AU)) from the Sun. Voyager 1 is escaping the solar system at a speed of about 3.6 AU per year. Voyager 1 crossed the termination shock (the area of space where the solar wind approaches the boundary of the heliosphere and abruptly slows down to about 250,000 miles per hour) on December 16, 2004. [1]

See Also

Voyager 2

References

  1. Voyager Mission Fast Facts