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Voyager probe 40th anniversary

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By Euronews
Voyager probe 40th anniversary

<p>Forty years ago <a href="https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/"><span class="caps">NASA</span></a> launched what has become its most successful deep space mission so far. </p> <p>The Voyager programme’s aim was to explore the solar system and the mysteries of space and it’s still doing it.</p> <p>Voyager 1 lifted off on September 5, 1977, 16 days after its slower twin Voyager two.</p> <p>Four decades later and Voyager 1 is almost 21 billion kilometers away from us in interstellar space. It is the farthest human-made object from Earth. The slightly slower Voyager 2 is currently at the outermost edge of our solar system.</p> <p>Voyager One’s mission has included flybys of Jupiter and Saturn with the spacecraft able to receive routine commands and return data.</p> <p>But both space probe carry a gold-plated audio-visual disc in the event it is ever found by other intelligent life forms. It includes examples of music and culture and its compilers say its a gift from humanity to the cosmos.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This week on “Think About This!”: one of the most amazing spacecrafts ever built. <a href="https://t.co/QHQB1s5wG2">https://t.co/QHQB1s5wG2</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Voyager40?src=hash">#Voyager40</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Space?src=hash">#Space</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SciComm?src=hash">#SciComm</a></p>— Colin G. West (@ColinGWest) <a href="https://twitter.com/ColinGWest/status/904775916357795841">September 4, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>