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The Voyager 1 spacecraft and instruments


Voyager 1 and 2 were launched 16 days apart in 1977 to study Jupiter and Saturn. In September 2013, NASA reported that Voyager 1 had entered interstellar space, placing it more than 11 billion miles from the Sun and making it the most distant human-made object. As of 2013, Voyager 2 is in the heliosheath, the outermost layer of the immense magnetic bubble, called the heliosphere, that contains our solar system. Both Voyager 1 and 2 are still sending scientific information about their surroundings through the Deep Space Network (DSN).


  • Voyager 1
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