Voyager 1 is the most distant spacecraft from Earth. On February 14, 1990, Voyager 1’s cameras pointed back toward the sun and took a series of pictures of the sun and the planets, making the first ever “portrait” of our solar system as seen from the outside. At that time, Voyager 1 was approximately 4 billion miles (6 billion km) away. Read more about this image.
What’s the most distant spacecraft from Earth?
The most distant artificial object is the spacecraft Voyager 1, which – in November 2021 – is nearly 14 1/2 billion miles (23 billion km) from Earth. Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, were launched 16 days apart in 1977. Both spacecraft flew by Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 also flew by Uranus and Neptune. Now both Voyagers are journeying into the space between the stars. Voyager 1 officially became the first earthly craft to leave the solar system, crossing the heliopause in 2012. Earlier this year it sent back a message that it’s hearing a faint, monotone hum of interstellar space.
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