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40 years later, Voyager 2 is de facto, actually, actually removed from Earth.

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Sources:
NASA measurements for planetary distances (averaged resulting from elliptical orbit): https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/factsheet/planet_table_british.html

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August 20, 2017 marks the fortieth anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2. Along with Voyager 1, NASA despatched the dual spacecraft to gather knowledge about big planets of our outer photo voltaic system. Voyager 2 was the primary spacecraft to go to Uranus and Neptune, in addition to discovering many new moons orbiting each Jupiter and Saturn. In addition to accumulating knowledge, Voyager 2 was despatched with a copy of “The Golden Record”: a disk containing 116 photos and varied audio recordings that depict human life. Should Voyager 2 ever be encountered by an extraterrestrial, the file will likely be a technique of understanding planet Earth. Besides the gathering of knowledge and the mysteries of alien life, maybe probably the most wondrous facet of Voyager 2’s mission is the space it has traveled: almost 11 billion miles as of late 2017. It is the second-farthest human-made object from earth (the farthest is Voyager 1) and it’s at present on a one-way journey into the unknown depths of interstellar house. Unable to understand the enormity of this distance, we made a video to try to visualize what that truly seems like.

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28 COMMENTS

  1. Funny how the top 10 comments are all about the metric system, what the f*ck is miles and what has it done with kilometres

  2. Everyone giving out about the metric system but honestly I just think it was a terrible representation of the scale.there are so many better ways to visualize this…👎

  3. The purpose of the video is to put the distance in context for the audience, which is mainly American so of course they used the Imperial system. If most Americans were given the distance in metric they wouldn't be able to contextualize.
    That being said it may be Vox's audience has enough international pull to justify including both

  4. You are using Earth-Moon distance as a unit without showing what Earth-Moon distance really looks like.
    Most people imagine the Moon much closer than it really is…
    Worst : you show a misleading representation of Earth-Moon system at 0:00, which shows the Moon wayyyyyy closer than it should be…

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