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Saturn

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Voyager 1 Mission to Saturn!

Voyager 1

Launch date: Sept. 5, 1977

Launched 16 days after Voyager 2, Voyager 1 first flew by Jupiter before flying on to Saturn. The spacecraft flew by the ringed work on November 12, 1980, coming within 64,200 kilometers (40,000 miles) of the planet's cloud tops. During the flyby, the spacecraft took almost 16,000 images of Saturn, its moons, and ring system. As Voyager 1 flew by the planet, controllers on the ground directed the spacecraft to use Saturn's strong gravity to alter its course. As a result, Voyager 1 flew up and out of the plane of the ecliptic, allowing scientists to get an overhead view of the planet and rings. Voyager 1 is currently on an Interstellar Mission and is the most distant man-made object ever launched, taking that title from Pioneer 10 on February 17, 1998.


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