NASA is slowly destroying Voyager spacecraft.  Here are 18 innovative photos from their 45-year mission.

NASA is slowly destroying Voyager spacecraft. Here are 18 innovative photos from their 45-year mission.

The thumb is a collage of four images taken by the Voyager detectors displayed on the track.

This montage shows examples of stunning images of the solar system taken by Voyager 1 and 2 in their missions.NASA / JPL / Insider

Voyager detectors are at the forefront of science, making it the farthest into space from any other man-made object.

Originally sent on a four-year mission to Jupiter and Saturn in 1977, the twin probes exceeded all expectations and are still in progress 45 years later.

Among their achievements are the stunning photos of sunlight they emitted before the cameras closed.

But now, they face a final problem: their power is running out and NASA scientists are starting to put even more instruments on board to save energy.

As they near the end of their mission, here are 18 images from Voyager that changed science:

Voyager probes were designed to visit Jupiter and Saturn.

A schematic shows the orbits of Voyager detectors at the beginning of their mission.

Traveler detectors have traversed the solar system, taking unprecedented photos.NASA

The Voyager mission consisted of two detectors, the Voyager 1 and the 2, launched in 1977 within a few months of each other.

The launches utilized a rare planetary alignment that allowed them to supercharge their space travel.

They were originally built to last five years, but have exceeded this lifespan many times over.

This is what the Voyager saw in its approach to Jupiter.

This time-lapse video captures Voyager 1 approaching Jupiter over a period of more than 60 Jupiter days.

A timelapse taken by Voyager 1 as it approached Jupiter in 1979.NASA / JPL

Voyager 1 and 2 reached Jupiter in 1979. They took about 50,000 photos of the planet in total, which far exceeded the quality of the photos taken from Earth, according to NASA.

The images taught scientists important facts about the planet’s atmosphere, magnetic forces and geology that would be difficult to decipher otherwise.

Detectives have discovered two new moons orbiting Jupiter: Thebes and Metis.

Jupiter and two of its moons are shown in a photo taken by Voyager.

Jupiter and two of its moons, as seen by Voyager.NASA / JPL

As well as a thin ring around Jupiter

The ring of Jupiter appears, as pulled by Voyager.

A fake color image of the ring of Jupiter, discovered by Voyager.NASA / JPL

The detector captured this image as it looked back at the planet illuminated by the Sun.

Voyager 1’s greatest discovery was the volcanic activity on the surface of Jupiter, the moon of Jupiter.

Volcanic activity recorded on the surface of Ios, the moon of Jupiter, by Voyager detectors.

A photo taken by Voyager detectors revealed volcanoes on the surface of Io.NASA / JPL

Next station: Saturn

A false image of Saturn taken by Voyager 2 shows features of the planet's atmosphere.

Three images of Voyager 2, taken through ultraviolet, violet and green filters, were combined to make this photo.NASA / JPL

In 1980 and 1981, the probes arrived on Saturn. The passage gave an unprecedented picture of the planet’s ring structure, atmosphere and moons.

Voyager taught scientists the detail of Saturn’s rings, which were printed here in fake color.

Saturn's rings appear in fake color in a photo taken by a Voyager aircraft in 1981.

Saturn’s rings appear in fake color in a photograph taken by a Voyager probe on August 23, 1981.NASA

Egelados, the moon of Saturn, was seen in unprecedented detail by Voyager.

Enceladus, the moon of Saturn, who saw the Voyager in unprecedented detail.

Egelados, one of Saturn’s moons, is seen by Voyager.NASA / JPL

This photo, taken as the detector flew away, provided a unique view of the planet, allowing us to see the place in the shadows.

Saturn as seen from Voyager 1 as it looked back on November 16, 1980, four days after the spacecraft flew past the planet.

Voyager 1 looked back at Saturn on November 16, 1980 to give this unique perspective to its rings.NASA / JPL

By ’86, Voyager 2 had reached Heaven

Poseidon, appears in true and false color by Voyager.

Voyager 2 captured these images, in true colors (left) and false colors (right) of Poseidon in 1986.NASA / JPL

Voyager 1 went straight ahead and would not encounter another planet on its journey outside the solar system.

But Voyager 2 continued to explore our nearest planets, passing 50,600 miles from Uranus in January 1986.

He discovered two extra rings around Uranus, revealing that the planet had at least 11 and not 9.

His photographs of the largest moons in Uranus revealed their intricate geological past. It also revealed 11 moons they had not seen before.

Miranda, the moon of Uranus, seen by Voyager.

Miranda, the moon of Heaven.NASA / JPL

Here is a picture of a Miranda, the sixth largest moon in Uranus.

Voyager 2 was the first spacecraft to observe Poseidon up close.

Poseidon appears in fake color from Voyager

Poseidon, which appeared in fake color from Voyager 2 in 1989. Here red or white means that sunlight passes through an atmosphere rich in methane.NASA / JPL

In 1989, 12 years after its launch, Voyager 2 flew 3,000 miles from Poseidon.

One image shows the entire blue Neptune.

One image shows the entire blue Neptune.

Poseidon, who saw Voyager 2 in 1989NASA / JPL

An image shows the rough surface of the Triton.

An image shows the rough surface of the Triton.

Triton, who saw Voyager 2 in 1989NASA / JPL

He captured Triton, the moon of Poseidon in unprecedented detail.

Another shows the southern hemisphere of Triton.

An image shows the southern hemisphere of Triton, which looks irregular.

Poseidon, who saw Voyager 2 in 1989NASA / JPL

Occupy the rings of Poseidon.

The rings of Poseidon, seen by Voyager

The rings of Poseidon.NASA / JPL

Here, the crescent shape of Poseidon’s south pole was seen by the Voyager as it departed.

the crescent shape of the south pole of Poseidon is seen by the traveler as he departs.

Poseidon, who saw Voyager 2 in 1989NASA / JPL

Voyager 2 would never take pictures again. As it would not encounter another planet on its ongoing journey, NASA switched off its cameras after its flight to Poseidon to save energy for other instruments.

Voyager captured 60 images of the solar system from about 4 billion miles away.

The portrait of the Voyager 1 solar system, consisting of 60 images taken from 4 billion miles away.

The portrait of the solar system was provided by Voyager 1 in 1990.NASA / JPL

As its last photographic queue, Voyager 1 captured 60 images of the solar system from 4 billion miles away in 1990.

He gave us the most distant self-portrait of the Earth, called the “pale blue dot”

voyager light blue dot

This is the Earth, seen from 4 billion miles away.NASA

This is likely to remain the largest self-portrait in human history for some time, a portrait of the Earth from 4 billion miles away.

Following this image, Voyager 1 cameras were also turned off to save power. It is possible to reactivate the detector cameras, but it is not a priority for sending.

Beyond the solar system

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This artist’s idea shows the general positions of the two NASA Voyager spacecraft. Voyager 1 (top) has sailed beyond our solar bubble in interstellar space, the space between stars.NASA / JPL-Caltech

Although crawlers no longer send photos, they have not stopped sending critical information about space.

In 2012, Voyager 1 became the first human instrument to pass through interstellar space, crossing the solstice, the boundary between our solar system and the rest of the universe.

Voyager 2 was the second to cross the line in 2018. It then revealed that there was an extra line around our solar bubble.

Detectors continue to send measurements from interstellar space, such as strange buzzes that most likely come from vibrations made by neighboring stars.

Even after their instruments are switched off, the detectors continue to be sent

Both sides of NASA's golden record on Voyager spacecraft are shown here.

A collage shows the two sides of NASA’s gold record on the Voyager spacecraft.NASA / Insider

Now NASA is starting to turn off the latest rover instruments in hopes of extending their life until the 2030s.

But even when all the instruments are silent, the detectors will continue to drift away carrying the gold file, which could provide critical information to humanity if there is intelligent extraterrestrial life and if it encounters the detectors.

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