Voyager I Has Left the Solar System

766px-VoyagerLadies and gentlemen, Voyager I has left the building…

Via New York Times:

By today’s standards, the spacecraft’s technology is laughable: it carries an 8-track tape recorder and computers with one-240,000th the memory of a low-end iPhone. When it left Earth 36 years ago, it was designed as a four-year mission to Saturn, and everything after that was gravy.

But Voyager 1 has become — thrillingly — the Little Spacecraft That Could. On Thursday, scientists declared that it had become the first manufactured object to exit the solar system, a breathtaking achievement that NASA could only fantasize about back when Voyager was launched in 1977, the same year “Star Wars” was released.

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3 Comments on "Voyager I Has Left the Solar System"

  1. Rhoid Rager | Sep 13, 2013 at 3:47 am |

    Now we await for its return to earth seeking its creator, all out-rigged with advanced alien technology and a childlike propensity to destroy anything that doesn’t fit the profile of its manufactured self.

  2. Lookinfor Buford | Sep 13, 2013 at 8:27 am |

    So cool

  3. I was specting the picture of Captain Janeway or an Intrepid class.

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