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Finally, things are starting to look up for the Voyager 1 interstellar spacecraft

Finally, things are starting to look up for the Voyager 1 interstellar spacecraft

I was once sitting with my dad while I was googling how far different things in the solar system are from Earth. He was looking for exact numbers, and very clearly became more interested in every new figure I shouted out. I felt so happy. the moon? On average, 238,855 miles (384,400 km). James Webb Space Telescope? Bump that up to about 1 million miles (1,609,344 km). the sun? 93 million miles (149,668,992 km). Neptune? 2.8 one billion Miles (4.5 billion km). “Well, wait until you hear about Voyager 1,” I finally said, assuming he knew what was coming. He wasn’t.

“NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is not in the solar system anymore,” she announced. “No, it’s more than 15 billion miles (24 billion kilometers).” Away from us “And it’s going further as we speak.” I can’t quite remember his answer, but I do remember an expression of utter disbelief. There were immediate inquiries about how this could physically happen. There were bewildered laughter, and different ways of saying “cool.” Mostly, there was an infectious sense of awe, and thus, a new Voyager 1 fan was born.