Voyager 1

Unmanned Space Mission- Presentation by Rich B.


"Initially, Voyager 1 was planned as "Mariner 11" of the Mariner Program. Due to budget cuts, the mission was scaled back to be a flyby of Jupiter and Saturn and renamed the Mariner Jupiter-Saturn probes. As the program progressed, the name was later changed to Voyager, since the probe designs began to differ greatly from previous Mariner missions."


Monday, Sep. 5th 1977 at 1pm

Cape Canaveral, FL, United States

Cape Canaveral, FL


The objective of the Voyager Interstellar Mission was, and still is to “extend the NASA exploration of the solar system beyond the neighborhood of the outer planets to outer limits of the Sun’s sphere of influence, and possibly beyond.” It launched 16 days after the Voyager 2. In the 1990's, the Voyager 1 passed the Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11. It became the most "...distant human made object from Earth." In December of 2004, it crossed the termination shock, and the solar wind slowed it to "subsonic speed." In 2010, the Voyager 1 "reported that the outward velocity of the solar wind had dropped to zero, and scientists predicted it was nearing interstellar space." In June of 2012, it was close to enters interstellar space. “In August 2012, Voyager 1 made the historic entry into interstellar space, the region between stars, filled with material ejected by the death of nearby stars millions of years ago.” As of 2015 both the Voyagers "continue to monitor conditions in the outer expanses of the Solar System. The Voyager spacecraft are expected to be able to operate science instruments through 2020, when limited power will require instruments to be deactivated one by one. Sometime around 2025, there will no longer be sufficient power to operate any science instruments."

The Golden Record

"Both craft carry with them a 12-inch golden phonograph record that contains pictures and sounds of Earth along with symbolic directions on the cover for playing the record and data detailing the location of our planet." It was made to be a time capsule to any future human or alien life form that finds the capsule. The contents were selected by a committee that included Timothy Ferris.

Popular Culture

The Voyagers appeared in multiple movies. Here are a few:

  • "The Space: 1999 episode Voyager's Return featured two fictional 1985 space probes, called Voyager One and Voyager Two (not "1" and "2"). This episode was aired two years prior to the launch of the real Voyager craft."
  • "Star Trek: The Motion Picture featured a fictional Voyager probe, Voyager 6, making contact with a planet of living machines and returning to earth to fulfill the machine entity's interpretation of its mission."
  • "Starman features a scout from an alien race who comes to visit Earth after their race encounters Voyager 2 and listens to the golden record."


  • "Voyager 1." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 11 May 2016.
  • "THE MISSION." Voyager. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 May 2016.