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Amazing Facts About Voyager 1

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Voyager 1 snapped the only
existing portrait of our solar system

 Not long after Voyager 1′s encounter with Saturn in 1980, NASA engineers turned off the craft’s cameras to conserve energy. For nearly a decade, the probe quietly flew toward deep space.

But as it approached the edge of the solar system, NASA engineers on February 14, 1990, instructed Voyager to turn its cameras back on and take a last look over its shoulder at the planets.

In a series of 60 images, Voyager 1 returned the only “family portrait” of our solar system, including the sun, Venus, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.

The photo mosaic depicts Earth as a small, pale blue dot afloat in the vastness of space. The photos were the last Voyager 1 ever took; its cameras were again turned off to maintain maximal energy reserves as the craft prepared to become the first manmade object to reach interstellar space.


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