Voyager 1’s Journey Through our Solar System in Photographs

Voyager 1’s Journey Through our Solar System in Photographs


Voyager 1’s Journey Through our Solar System in Photographs

In a recent Reddit AMA to commemorate the craft’s leaving of our solar system, a Voyager 1 team member (name unverified) commented that all cameras were turned off permanently after the iconic “Pale Blue Dot” photograph was taken on Valentines day in 1990. Between then, and its launch date on Sept 5, 1977, hundreds of thousands if not millions (exact number unknown) of photos have been taken by the craft on its journey. These are just a few.

Click an image to view it’s NASA JPL info page.

Sept 18, 19777.25 million miles from Earth, Voyager 1 captures our planet and it’s moon cut in half by the light of the sun.

Fstoppers_Voyager-BlueMovie-JupiterJan 6 to Feb 3, 1979Voyager’s 60 day approach of Jupiter, titled “Blue Movie” due to the blue filter it was shot through.

converted PNM fileFeb 13, 1979Jupiter and two of its satellites (moons), Io (left) and Europa (right).

converted PNM fileDate UnknownJupiter’s “Great Red Spot” (top right)

converted PNM fileDate UnknownVolcanic surface flows on Io

converted PNM fileMarch 4, 1979 (?)Explosion on the surface of Io

converted PNM fileNov 5, 1980Northern hemisphere of Saturn from 5.5 million miles away.

converted PNM fileNov 12, 1980Saturn’s moon, Rhea’s surface from 79,500 miles away, heavily cratered due to an estimated life of 4.5 billion years.

converted PNM fileNov 16, 1980Saturn and it’s rings, shown as a crescent due to light and camera angles.

Fstoppers_Voyager-EarthFeb 14, 1990Earth from 4 billion miles away.


About the Voyager 1

The Voyager 1 is part of the two unmanned-craft  “Voyager Program” (alongside Voyager 2), which was created by NASA and sent into the cosmos in 1977 to perform tests and gain knowledge about our solar system, specifically the composition of planets and their moons. The technology aboard both of these crafts is very simplistic by today’s standards, and all of the above photographs were taken by analog film cameras and scanned, the colors created by a mix of channel blending, and digital recreation. In September, 2013, NASA’s JPL (Jet Propulsion Lab) confirmed that Voyager 1 entered interstellar space on August 25, 2012, making it the first man-made object to access this region. NASA estimates that both Voyager crafts have enough power to continue regular operations until 2025, when they will power down and drift throughout our universe indefinitely.


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