NASA’s Voyager Mission is the longest continuously operating space mission. It consists of two twin spacecraft named Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. Both the spacecrafts are identical in construction. This mission was developed in the early 1970’s with the purpose of making a grand tour of Jupiter and Saturn.
There were plans to include Uranus and Neptune as well if everything would work according to the plan. Voyager 1 was launched on September 5th 1977 and Voyager 2 was launched 16 days before this on August 20th 1977.
Quick Facts: –
- At a distance of 20.8 billion kilometers, Voyager 1 is the farthest human made object in space. Voyager 2 is at a distance of 14.2 billion kilometers.
- These spacecrafts have explored all the giant planets of our outer solar system.
- Voyager became the first ever spacecraft to travel beyond the limits of interstellar space in 2012.
- This space probe travels at a speed of over 38,000 miles per hour which makes it the fastest moving man-made object in outer space.
- For more than 40 years now the spacecraft have traveled through space and this makes it the oldest piece of space technology.
- Each of the two twin probes of Voyager mission weighs around 722 kilograms.
- These spacecrafts carry a greeting in a phonograph record for any possible life form on any other planet that could possibly encounter it in the future.
- Voyager 1 has also recorded images of a volcano called Pele. This volcano is located on a moon of Saturn.