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NASA’s Voyager 1 reaches outskirts of the solar system (photos) | TechRepublic Photo Gallery

December 21, 2010

As NASA’s robotic space probe Voyager 1 prepared for launch in August of 1977 on a mission to locate and study the boundaries of our solar system, researchers could only imagined the scope of the project’s success.?

?Since its launch on September 5, 1977, Voyager 1 has traveled more than 10.8 billion miles, photographing some of the most spectacular and iconic images of our solar system’s planets and moons, and returning stunning pictures of our very own home planet.?

?Here, the Voyager 1 spacecraft, encapsulated in a Centaur Standard Shroud, is hoisted up the gantry to be mated with its Titan-Centaur launch vehicle at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.?

?Moving at a speed of 10.5 miles per second, the equivalent of more than 38,000 miles per hour, Voyager 1 is now the most distant man-made object from Earth, and last week, after a 33-year journey, it has reached the outer limits of our solar system.

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