Friday, 7 January 2011

Voyager 1

Just spent some time reading up on Voyager 1, a space probe that got sent out in 1977 which has almost left our solarsystem and entered deep space, so awesome. Scientists think it has enough juice to last until 2025 and it will stop transmitting back to earth in 2015 but will continue recording after it stops transmitting. At the moment it is 10.712 billion miles away from our Sun which is 0.002 lightyears, if Voyager was to travel to our nearest star (Proxima Centauri) it would take 4.2 lightyears to get there. This stuff literally blows my mind ! oh yeh and Voyager 1 is travelling at 38,185 mph...but at that speed it would take 73,600 years to reach Proxima Centauri...

Its odd when i think about Voyager 1 out there in deep space, I imagine it with human qualities on its own adventure, further than any man or machine has ever ventured into space.

Picture of Jupiter which Voyager sent back to Earth

What a cool machine


  1. That super technology behind the probe should be available to mass market

  2. When I see the words voyage and space in one sentece all I think about is star trek.
    Anyways, cool blog, I'll follow you.

  3. Reminds me of that Star Trek movie where Voyager comes back as V-Ger and technicians at an observation outpost stated that it was approximately 70 au across. 70 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun. That could happen!

  4. Thanks for the comments guys, love reading about Voyager, Does remind me of star trek haha :]