Humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, achieve 40 years of operation and exploration this August and September. Despite their vast distance, they continue to communicate with NASA daily, still probing the final frontier.
Their story has not only impacted generations of current and future scientists and engineers, but also Earth’s culture, including film, art and music. Each spacecraft carries a Golden Record of Earth sounds, pictures and messages. Since the spacecraft could last billions of years, these circular time capsules could one day be the only traces of human civilization.
In this interactive visualization, you can ride along with the Voyager spacecraft in real-time at any time during the entire mission. For example, watch all of the historic first encounters, like Voyager 2 arriving at Neptune, or go to the moment Voyager 1 left our solar system behind to enter the vast region of interstellar space in 2012. Learn about all the instruments, check out the gallery of some of Voyager's most amazing pictures, or watch the amazing video of Jupiter's Great Red Spot! All of this and more is waiting to be explored, just download and install the app, and you're on your way!