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Mind blowing facts about Voyager-1 : A Space probe traveling towards outer space from 37 Years!

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Voyager 1 is Space-Probe launched by NASA in 1977 to study the outer solar system. Operating for more than 37 years now and still sending back data today, well beyond its initial and simplistic mission. This 722-Kilogram probe is travelling at a velocity of 38,000 mph (61,000 km/h) and at a record distance of about 1.954×1010 KMs from earth now so far.

Isn’t Voyager’s introduction itself is mind blowing, well! Wait and keep reading for more astonishing facts about this Giant Leap of Mankind:

  • V1 will be communicating no matter how far it goes : Its satellites were expected to last five years initially but NASA is maintaining contact with V1 with the use of radio waves, a system that should be reachable well beyond the stretches of our solar system. The only real problem with radio wave communication is that it takes 16 hours for the radio waves to reach Earth, a number that is continuously increasing as Voyager gets farther and farther away.

  • Its carrying message for alien life :
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    Source : NASA

    V1 carries an audio-visual recording in the form of a gold-plated record that is meant to be both a message to intelligent life and a symbolic time capsule. The record has audio greetings in over 55 languages, pictures of Earth’s life forms, various scientific knowledge, and recordings of pieces of music and earth sounds, like the sound of waves crashing on the shore.

  • It has captured the only existing portrait of our solar system :
    Mind blowing facts about Voyager- www.fitnessnit.com
    Source : NASA

    After Voyager 1′s encounter with Saturn in 1980, NASA engineers turned off the craft’s cameras to save energy. For nearly a decade, the probe quietly travelled toward deep space but as it approached the edge of the solar system, NASA engineers on February 14, 1990, instructed Voyager to turn its cameras back ON to take its last images. In a series of 60 images, Voyager 1 returned the only “family portrait” of our solar system, including the sun, Venus, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. The captured portrait shows Earth as a small, pale blue dot afloat in the vastness of space. The photos were the last Voyager 1 ever took; its cameras were again turned off to maintain maximal energy reserves.

  • Only manmade object entered Interstellar space : On September 12, 2013, NASA confirmed that Voyager 1 had crossed the heliopause and entered interstellar space on August 25, 2012, making it the first spacecraft to do so.

  • It will outlive earth : Centuries after humans have gone extinct and well after the sun expands to swallow Earth entirely, Voyager will still be traversing the universe, silently charting entirely unknown territories.