Astounding Photos of the Outer Solar System Taken by NASA’s Voyager 1
Not too long ago, an unnamed Voyager 1 team member remarked on Reddit AMA that all cameras on the probe were switched off permanently after the iconic “Pale Blue Dot” image was taken on February 14 way back in 1990. You can just imagine the countless images that have been captured by the craft on its journey to Interstellar Space. These are just a few of those images taken from Voyager 1 in that period. The craft just recently left our solar system.
Voyager 1 is a 1,592 lbs space probe launched by NASA to learn more about the outer Solar System. In space for 36 years already, the spacecraft communicates with the Deep Space Network to be given routine commands as well as return data. It is the farthest manmade object from Earth.
The technology on Voyager 1 is very crude by today’s standards, and all of the photographs were taken with analog film cameras and then scanned. The colors were created by a combination of channel blending and digital manipulation.
In September, 2013, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab confirmed that Voyager 1 entered interstellar space on August 25, 2012. This milestone made the probe the first man-made object to penetrate this region. NASA estimates that the craft will have sufficient power to carry on regular operations until the year 2025. After that happens, Voyager 1 will just drift throughout our universe indefinitely.
Voyager 1’s primary mission, however, ended on November 20, 1980, after coming across the Jovian system in 1979 in addition to the Saturnian system in 1980. It was the initial probe to supply detailed images of both planets and their moons. The Voyager program was designed to find and learn about the regions and boundaries of the outer heliosphere, and lastly, to start exploring the interstellar medium.