Where Is Voyager 1 Now on Its 35th Anniversary?

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In summary, Voyager 1 is a spacecraft launched by NASA in 1977 and is the first human-made object to enter interstellar space. As of 2021, it has traveled approximately 14.3 billion miles from Earth and is equipped with various instruments to study the outer planets and interstellar space. Some of its notable discoveries include active volcanoes on Jupiter's moon Io and evidence of an ocean on Jupiter's moon Europa. Voyager 1 will not return to Earth but will continue to transmit data until its instruments stop working, estimated to be around 2025.
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Wooo! Go voyager 1!
 
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I bet it is feeling a bit lonely out there.:cry:
I wonder how long does it take for a round trip communication with it these days?
(can we still tell it, "Hey, point your antenna over this way!" )
 
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Ouabache said:
I wonder how long does it take for a round trip communication with it these days?

About 16.5 hours one-way for a signal to make it from Voyager to Earth. In other words, Voygaer is about 16.5 light-hours away.
 
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Where is she now? Where no man has gone before.
 

1. What is Voyager 1 and why is it significant?

Voyager 1 is a spacecraft launched by NASA in 1977 as part of the Voyager program. It is significant because it is the first human-made object to enter interstellar space and is currently the farthest man-made object from Earth.

2. How far has Voyager 1 traveled?

As of 2021, Voyager 1 has traveled approximately 14.3 billion miles from Earth.

3. What instruments are on board Voyager 1?

Voyager 1 is equipped with a variety of instruments to study the outer planets, their moons, and interstellar space. These include cameras, spectrometers, magnetometers, and plasma detectors.

4. What discoveries has Voyager 1 made?

Voyager 1 has made several important discoveries, including active volcanoes on Jupiter's moon Io, evidence of an ocean beneath the icy surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, and a hexagonal storm on Saturn's north pole.

5. Will Voyager 1 ever return to Earth?

No, Voyager 1 is on a trajectory that will take it out of the solar system and it is not designed to return to Earth. However, it will continue to send back data until its instruments are no longer functional, which is estimated to be around 2025.

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