Voyager 1 marks 10 years in interstellar space

Humankind has now spent an entire decade exploring interstellar space. On Aug. 25, 2012, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft was 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) from the sun and scientists determined that the venerable spacecraft had crossed the boundary between the sun’s influence and the interstellar medium. Now, still going and still sending back data, … Read more

Voyager turns 45: What the iconic mission taught us and what’s next

Forty-five years ago, on Aug. 20, 1977, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a Titan III-Centaur rocket, embarking on a “grand tour” of the solar system that would include visits to the Jupiter and Saturn systems and would make it the first spacecraft to visit the ice giants Uranus and Neptune … Read more

After 45 years, the 5-billion-year legacy of the Voyager 2 interstellar probe is just beginning

A computer-generated view of Neptune seen from the surface of Triton, using Voyager 2 images. Credit: JPL On August 20 1977, 45 years ago, an extraordinary spacecraft left this planet on a journey like no other. Voyager 2 was going to show us, for the first time, what the outer solar system planets looked like … Read more

Voyager 2: An iconic spacecraft that’s still exploring 45 years on

Voyager 2, was the first of two twin probes NASA sent to investigate the outer planets of our solar system. The probe was launched aboard a Titan IIIE-Centaur from Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complete 41 (previously Launch Complex 41) on Aug. 20, 1977, its twin spacecraft Voyager 1 was launched about two weeks later on … Read more

What the Voyager space probes can teach humanity about immortality

Scientists expect the Voyager spacecraft to outlive Earth by at least a trillion years. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-CalTech) This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. James Edward Huchingson (opens in new tab)Professor Emeritus and Lecturer in Religion and Science, Florida … Read more

What the Voyager space probes can teach humanity about immortality and legacy

Scientists expect the Voyager spacecraft to outlive Earth by at least a trillion years. Credit: NASA/JPL-CalTech Voyager 1 is the farthest human-made object from Earth. After sweeping by Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, it is now almost 15 billion miles (24 billion kilometers) from Earth in interstellar space. Both Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager … Read more