Voyager 1

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Voyager 1

Voyager 1

By: Lindsey Hancock

Time Line

1977

Voyager Launched

Voyager 1 and 2 are currently in the "helioshealth" -- the outermost layer of the heliosphere where the solar wind is slowed by the pressure of interstellar gas.

Voyager 1 has a twin, Voyager 2. Voyager 1 was launched 16 days after Voyager 2 and has gone mainly the same places as Voyager 1.

Spacecraft designVoyager 1 is a 722 kilogram space probe and weighs 1,592 pounds. Constructed by the Jet Propulsion Labrotory. The radio communication system was designed to go beyond the limits of the solar system. It has three radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs). Each RTG contains 24 pressed plutoium 238 oxide spheres. At the launch, the RTGs generated about 470 watts of electric power. Voyager 1 contains cameras for visible light and takes pictures of what is found on Saturn/Jupiter.

Today the voyagers are more than 18 billion kilometers from Earth.

Voyager 1 travels at a maximum speed of 38,610 miles per hour and cost 250 million dollars.

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1979

To Jupiter!

1980

To Saturn!

2004

2012

Termination Shock

Interstellar Space

September 5, 1977 Voyager 1 is launched from the Kennedy Space Flight Center.

November 12, 1980 Voyager 1 flys by Saturn.

August 25, 2012 Voyager 1 enters interstellar space.

December 15, 2004 Voyager 1 crosses the termination shock (the boundary marking one of the outer limits of the Sun's influence, and is one boundary of the Solar System.

March 4, 1979 Voyager 1 made its closest approach to Jupiter.

Voyager 1; the interstellar missionThe primary mission of Voyager 1 is to explore the outer planets such as Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager has found many amazing things on those planets like volcanoes on Jupiters moon and intriacies of Saturns ring.


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