Voyager 1 - farthest man made object

Voyager spacecraft.jpg
Voyager 1 is a space probe launched by NASA on September 5, 1977. Part of the Voyager program to study the outer Solar SystemVoyager 1 launched 16 days after its twin, Voyager 2. Having operated for 40 years, 2 months and 19 days as of November 24, 2017, the spacecraft still communicates with the Deep Space Network to receive routine commands and return data. At a distance of 141 AU (2.11×1010 km) from the Sun as of November 22, 2017, it is the farthest spacecraft from Earth as well as the farthest man-made object. It is also the most distant object in the solar system whose location is known, even farther than Eris (96 AU) and V774104 (~103 AU).
Voyager 1
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Voyager 1, artist's impression
Mission typeOuter planetary, heliosphere, and interstellar medium exploration
OperatorNASA / JPL
COSPAR ID1977-084A
SATCAT no.10321

Mission duration40 years, 2 months and 19 days elapsed
Planetary mission: 3 years, 3 months, 9 days
Interstellar mission: 36 years, 11 months and 10 days elapsed (continuing)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerJet Propulsion Laboratory
Launch mass825.5 kg (1,820 lb)
Power420 W
Start of mission
Launch dateSeptember 5, 1977, 12:56:00 UTC
(40 years, 2 months and 19 days)
RocketTitan IIIE
Launch siteCape Canaveral LC-41
Flyby of Jupiter
Closest approachMarch 5, 1979
Distance349,000 km (217,000 mi)
Flyby of Saturn
Closest approachNovember 12, 1980
Distance124,000 km (77,000 mi)
Flyby of Titan (Atmosphere study)
Closest approachNovember 12, 1980
Distance6,490 km (4,030 mi)

Where are the Voyagers now?

Voyager as seen on NASA Eyes on the Solar System app
Voyager 1 is in "Interstellar space" and Voyager 2 is currently in the "Heliosheath" -- the outermost layer of the heliosphere where the solar wind is slowed by the pressure of interstellar gas. Both Voyagers use real spacecraft trajectories and are updated every five minutes. Distance and velocities are updated in real-time. For a full 3D, immersive experience click on View Voyagers link below to launch the NASA Eyes on the Solar System app.
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