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Serious Speed

February 28th, 2020

Voyager 1 (the satellite) is travelling/leaving our solar system at about 60800 km per hour, that is 16 888 meters per second or almost 17 km per second and that is… incredibly, unbelievably fast and yet it is still just 0,0056 % a fraction of the speed of light, that clocks in at: 299 792 458 meters per second (in vacuum).

Light speed is a constant in physics, Voyager 1 still got some serious speed. It is the fastest man-made object in recorded history by a large margin as well as the first ever to get beyond the heliosphere and reach interstellar space.

Calls back once a day on DSN (Deep Space Network).
Years in service? Currently:

42 years, 5 months and 27 days

And counting, a continuously working, extremely complex machine in space (remember it was launched in 1977) and close to 42 and a half years in space?!!! How many phones have you owned thus far? That is some serious, serious, seriously brilliant engineering…

Origin? JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory). One-Way Light Time is 20:35:35 (hh:mm:ss), as a comparison the earth’s One-Way Light Time to the sun is 00:08:13 (hh:mm:ss)…

Voyager I is: 22 233 901 100 km from the sun and moving away fast. Mission Status

Simply unbelievably beautiful piece of machinery.

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