In 1977 they began their interstellar journey
In 1977 NASA was preparing the Voyager 1 and 2 probes that would travel between the gaseous planets of the Solar System in order to collect images and data. Upon completion of this mission, they would continue their journey beyond Pluto out of the plane of the Solar System. Finally, on August 20, 1977, Voyager 2 was launched and 15 days later Voyager 1 would take off.
In February 1990 Voyager 1 turned off its cameras forever
At 5:22 UTC on February 14, 1990 and after taking these images, Voyager 1 turned off its cameras forever. However, after more than 40 years traveling through interstellar space, both probes continue sending us information.
Did you know that a message from Earth travels in the Voyager probes? In addition to having a scientific purpose, these probes were destined to become our space ambassadors. A few months before its launch, NASA, asked Carl to prepare a " message '' that would be included in the probes as had already been done in the Pioneer 10 and 11 missions that were launched in 1972 and 1973 respectively... but that's another story.
Since you have come this far, from AsterArk we want to thank you for your visit and we hope to inspire the day with this wonderful text by the great scientist and science communicator Carl Sagan.
Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us “
“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived our their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam …. “
‘A Pale Blue Dot’, Carl Sagan, 1994
Photo taken by the NASA mission, “Voyager 1” on February 14, 1990 at 6,054,587,000 km from Earth
Photo processed in commemoration of the 30th anniversary