We’ve known about Saturn since prehistoric times. However, it was the Voyager 1 spacecraft which sent back the first high-resolution photographs of the planet in the year 1980. It is also one of the most famous spacecrafts to ever leave Earth.
1. The Voyager-I spacecraft is currently the farthest man-made object from Earth. Currently, it has exited our Solar System and has gone into interstellar space – which is the area of space that exists between the star systems of a galaxy, in our case, the Milky Way.
2. The Voyager-I spacecraft was originally launched by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), the space agency of the United States, in 1977 to study the outer Solar System and perform flyby studies of Jupiter and Saturn.
3. Voyager-I continues to send back data even today. However, because it is so far away from Earth, data from the spacecraft takes 18 hours to reach Earth!
4. The Voyager-I took one of the most famous images of Earth, and this image was taken from near the planet Saturn. As you can imagine, from that distance the Earth looked like a small blue dot!
6. Just like its name implies, the Voyager spacecraft is not going in any particular direction. It will probably continue to wander the Milky Way until the final instrument aboard the spacecraft dies and the spacecraft shuts down fully.
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