Thursday, September 06, 2007

Voyager, 30 years on

Voyager 1 was launched on the 5th September, 1977.

Still operational after 30 years, Voyager 1 is now more than 103.2 astronomical units away from the Sun.

Astronomers believe it has now entered the solar system's heliosheath - the termination shock region between the sun's solar wind and interstellar space.

Signals from Voyager 1 take 13 hours to reach Earth, travelling at the speed of light.

Wired has an excellent slide show of Voyager-related images. Worth a browse.


Bee said...

Hi Brett,

Isn't it weird to know that something human made is flying through outer space, possibly reaching other civilizations - some time?

You might also be interested in our post Voyager's Grand Tour.



brett jordan said...

thanks bee