Voyager 1 Just Made Another “Impossible” Discovery In Deep Space
Voyager 1 is a space probe launched by NASA on September 5, 1977. It is one of two probes in the Voyager program, the other being Voyager 2. The primary mission of Voyager 1 was to study the outer Solar System, including Jupiter, Saturn, and their moons. After completing its primary mission, Voyager 1 continued on a trajectory towards the edge of the Solar System and is currently in interstellar space, making it the most distant human-made object from Earth.
Voyager 1 has several scientific instruments on board, including cameras, plasma detectors, and magnetometers, which have been used to study the planets it has encountered, as well as the interstellar medium. Some of the notable discoveries made by Voyager 1 include the first detailed images of Jupiter’s atmosphere and the discovery of active volcanoes on its moon Io. Voyager 1 also provided valuable data on Saturn’s rings and its moon Titan.
In August 2012, Voyager 1 crossed the heliopause, the boundary between the Solar System and interstellar space, becoming the first human-made object to do so. It continues to transmit data back to Earth, although its power sources are gradually declining, and it is expected to stop transmitting data by around 2025.
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