NASA’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 reach the edge of our solar system – an annotated graphic

1977 – a momentous year. The Queen’s Silver Jubilee, punk rock, Star Wars, Red Rum, the Yorkshire Ripper, Elvis, Jimmy Carter, Concorde and NASA firing off a couple of spacecraft, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, on a grand tour of known planets and beyond.

Now approximately 18 billion kilometres from the Sun, both spacecraft continue to beam back data from their journey as they reach the edge of our solar system, poised at the gateway to interstellar space.

Our infographic today details the history of both spacecraft.

E&T covered this news last year and it’s a story worth reading for some entertaining Voyager facts and figures.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

The Voyagers' interstellar missions
The Voyagers’ interstellar missions
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