Tracking the Voyager 1’s 36-Year Journey Through Space
On September 5, 1977, the Voyager 1 space probe was launched to study the outer solar system. NASA reported that the Voyager 1 entered interstellar space in August 2012, 3-5 years earlier than scientists originally anticipated. This made the Voyager 1 the first human-made object to leave our solar system! The Voyager 1 has enough power to continue transmitting data to Earth for another 5-10 years. After that it will continue to travel through space, but we will no longer be about to communicate with it.
The Voyager 1 space probe is scheduled to pass a red dwarf star in the Camelopardalis constellation sometime around the year 42,000. This encounter isn’t expected to change the space probe’s trajectory, but who knows? Exactly what is contained within these distant galaxies is still a mystery to us. Maybe some intelligent life form out there will get to play the golden phonograph records that are aboard the Voyager 1, and wonder all about how life was for us here on 20th century Earth!