Some cool facts about NASA’s Voyager 1 on its 40th anniversary

Some cool facts about NASA’s Voyager 1 on its 40th anniversary

Voyager 1

Voyager 1 is a space probe launched by NASA on September 5, 1977. Part of the Voyager program to study the outer Solar System, Voyager 1 launched 16 days after its twin, Voyager 2.

voyager 1

As today Voyager 1 has completed its 40 years of interstellar journey. Here I am going to present you some cool and astounding facts about this Interstellar space traveler.

Voyager 1 is still transmitting data

Since its launch, Voyager 1 is still at service. Transmitting data from 12,979,568,539 miles (as on 6 Sep 2017, 1055pm IST) to NASA daily.


Voyager 1 is moving towards the endless space at around 38,026.77 mph.

Voyager 1 is a marathon runner

On February 17, 1998, Voyager 1 passed the distance of Pioneer 10 to become the farthest human-made object from Earth in space.

Voyager 1 will get detached to earth by 2020 completely

The Voyager Interstellar Mission has the potential for obtaining useful interplanetary, and possibly interstellar, fields, particles, and waves science data until around the year 2020 when the spacecraft’s ability to generate adequate electrical power for continued science instrument operation will come to an end.

Golden Record

voyager 1 golden record

NASA placed an ambitious message aboard Voyager 1 , like a time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record, a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth.

Contents of Golden Record

The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University, et. al. Dr. Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds, such as those made by surf, wind and thunder, birds, whales, and other animals. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages, and printed messages from President Carter and U.N. Secretary General Waldheim.


Images stored on golden record in Voyager 1


Images stored on golden record in Voyager 1


Images stored on golden record in Voyager 1


Images stored on golden record in Voyager 1


Images stored on golden record in Voyager 1




In addition to pictures and music and sounds from earth, greetings in 55 languages were included. For example:

“Bishun Khare, a senior physicist in the Laboratory for Planetary Studies, was responsible almost single handedly for the participation of the Indian speakers. He personally called friends and member of the Cornell Indian community, explaining the undertaking to them and asked for and received their cooperation.”



So friends, This is all about Voyager 1 and your comments are welcome on this post. I will try to reply as soon as possible.

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Dinesh Suthar

By Dinesh Suthar
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