Voyager 1

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Voyager 1
Model of a small-bodied spacecraft with a large, central dish and many arms and antennas extending from it
Model of the Voyager spacecraft design
Mission type Outer planetary, heliosphere, and interstellar medium exploration
Operator NASA / JPL
COSPAR ID 1977-084A[1]
SATCAT no. 10321[2]
Mission duration
  • 40 years, 9 months and 15 days elapsed
  • Planetary mission: 3 years, 3 months, 9 days
  • Interstellar mission: 37 years, 6 months and 6 days elapsed (continuing)
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Launch mass 825.5 kg (1,820 lb)
Power 420 W
Start of mission
Launch date September 5, 1977, 12:56:00 (1977-09-05UTC12:56Z) UTC
Rocket Titan IIIE
Launch site Cape Canaveral LC-41
Flyby of Jupiter
Closest approach March 5, 1979
Distance 349,000 km (217,000 mi)
Flyby of Saturn
Closest approach November 12, 1980
Distance 124,000 km (77,000 mi)
Flyby of Titan (atmosphere study)
Closest approach November 12, 1980
Distance 6,490 km (4,030 mi)
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Voyager 1 is a spacecraft used by NASA to explore Jupiter and Saturn. It is identical in form to its sister ship, Voyager 2.

Voyager 1 was launched on September 5, 1977, to study the outer planets of the Solar System. It is now in an extended mission. Its encounter with Saturn and Titan sent it on a hyperbolic trajectory out of the solar system, traveling at 17 kilometers per second which is much faster than escape velocity.

Voyager 1's research team announced on 25 August 2012 that it had left the solar system. It passed out of the heliosphere and into interstellar space.

Both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 include the Voyager Golden Record, which is a recording of sounds and images of life on earth.

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  1. "Voyager 1". NSSDC Master Catalog. NASA/NSSDC. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  2. "Voyager 1". N2YO. Retrieved August 21, 2013.