November 12, 1980, after a journey of more than three years, the American planetary probe "Voyager 1" passes 190,000 kilometers from Saturn.

On this day (November 12), 1980, after a journey of more than three years, the American planetary probe "Voyager 1" passes 190,000 kilometers from Saturn.
Voyager 1 is a 722-kilogram robotic space probe, launched on September 5, 1977, from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Voyager 1 is on a hyperbolic trajectory, and has reached escape velocity, meaning its orbit will not return to the inner solar system. Along with Pioneer 10, Pioneer 11, Voyager 2, and New Horizons, Voyager 1 is an interstellar probe. Voyager 1 is currently the furthest human-made object from Earth.
Voyager have exceeded their originally calculated lifetime. Each probe draws its electrical power from three RTGs (radioisotope thermoelectric generators), which are expected to generate enough power to keep the probes in communication with Earth until at least 2025.
Accelerated by the gravitational field of Jupiter, it reached Saturn on November 12 of 1980, approaching to a distance of 124,200 km. On this occasion, he discovered complex structures in the planet's ring system and obtained data from the atmosphere of Saturn and its largest natural satellite, Titan, from which it passed within 6,500 km. Due to the discovery of an atmosphere on this satellite, mission controllers decided that Voyager 1 would make a closer approach to this moon, thus sacrificing the following stages of its journey, Uranus and Neptune, which were visited by its twin Voyager 2.

This second approach to Titan increased the gravitational pull of the probe, pulling it away from the ecliptic plane and ending its planetary mission. He continued on his mission to the edge of the solar system.

On August 31, 2021, the probe was at a distance of 23,001,227,761 km (153.7537 AU, that is, 21.31026282 light-hours Earth).

Out of curiosity, new and unexpected data indicates that the Voyager 1 probe has been traveling for about a year through the plasma, or ionized gas, that is present in space around there among the stars. Voyager is in a transition region just outside the solar bubble, where some effects from our Sun are still evident. A report on the analysis of this new data, an effort led by Don Gurnett and the science team studying plasma waves at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, appears in Thursday's issue of the journal Science.
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