Voyager 1 (The mission of NASA to Jupiter and Saturn And Beyond)
Voyager 1 was launched by NASA on September 5, 1977. It was launched from the kennedy space center. The spacecraft was launched 16 days after later than its twin Voyager 2.
The main Mission of Voyager 1 was to study the outer planets including their moons. Voyager 1 was sent on a faster and a direct path towards the gas giants Jupiter, Saturn and there moons It was successful at its mission by bringing the pictures and videos.
After some time of its journey Voyager 1 sent back the first pictures of our planet Earth and its moon while it was 7.5 million miles away form the Earth.
The pictures were sent in September 1977, couple of weeks later of its launch.
It took the space probe approx a year and a half to reach the biggest planet in our system and the largest Gas giant Jupiter.
In early 1979 Voyager 1 began the work by taking the pictures of Jupiter. It almost Captured 1900 pictures during the flyby.
This time lapse video was recorded over a period of 60 days.
The Red Spot:
Many close up images of the gas giant shows Jupiter’s incredible storm the red spot. Which were never taken before.
The close up images were studied and revealed many turbulent nature of red spot and the surrounding storms and about the surface of Jupiter.
The Thin Ring:
Voyager 1 also took pictures of the Jupiter’s thin ringed system. The edge of the ring is approx 36 thousand miles away from the planet visible clouds.
MOONS OF JUPITER:
Voyager 1 also studied the moons of Jupiter:
The spacecraft also took the photographs of the Jupiter’s Volcanic Moon IO. The study has discovered that
IO has an infernal surface which reveals volcanic scars on IO. IO was the first land where active volcanism had been discovered.
It is the Jupiter’s largest moon of Jupiter. The space probe took many images of it. Ganymede has an icy surface which has huge ridges grooves that are spread across its surface.
Jupiter’s Mission Completed:
Voyager 1 completed its flyby from Jupiter in April 1979 and continued its journey to the 2nd largest gas planet Saturn and beyond.
Nearly 20 months later in November 1980 the spacecraft reached the 2md largest gas planet Saturn
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