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Voyager’s Long Journey: 35 Years of Incredible Solar System Images

Our view of the solar system was forever changed 35 years ago. Here we take a look at some of the best images and discoveries that the Voyager 1 and 2 probes produced during their flight through our solar system.


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Tiger Stripes of Enceladus - Image: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA [high-resolution]

Voyager 1 and 2 continue their speeding path out of the solar system. In 2003, Voyager 1 reported that it was passing through the heliosheath, a region where the last vestiges of the sun’s influence are felt. In 2010, the spacecraft reported entering the heliopause, an area where cosmic currents overcome the solar wind, and is heading out further, expecting to produce the first data about interstellar space in 2014. Image: NASA/JPL

Two of Saturn’s tiny moons can be seen in this impressive shot, along with the gas giant’s rings.

A model of the solar system’s edge using recent data. Voyager 1′s latest findings will likely rewrite this image, as soon as scientists figure out exactly what they mean. NASA/JPL/JHUAPL

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Orion Nebula - Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI

In 1990, NASA engineers had Voyager 1 turn and face the solar system and take a parting shot. Stitched together from several pictures, this image shows the only view of our solar system from the outside. Image: NASA/JPL

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Ring Galaxy NGC 922 was formed by the collision of two galaxies which triggered the formation of new stars in shape of a ring. Some of these were massive stars that evolved and collapsed to form black holes. (NASA, Chandra, 12/05/12) by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center