Voyager 1, which was launched in 1977, has officially left the solar system.

This brave little NASA craft was designed to explore Jupiter and Saturn, which it did in November 1980.  But it continued to function for another thirty-plus years, faithfully sending data back to Earth while fleeing from the Sun at close to 40,000 miles per hour (or 64,000 kilometers per hour).

It now travels through interstellar space, and I hope that it will live on and return data for many more years, as a tribute to American ingenuity and to its creators, even as the latter grow old and pass away.


About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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