Did you know that we launched a satellite called Voyager 1 in 1977? It has finally reached the edge of our solar system. It only took 35 years. It only travelled 11 billion miles. Soon it will be the first satellite to actually leave our solar system.
It is mind blowing to think that this space satellite has the techology to send us photos and videos from 11 billion miles away, and more It is expected to continue its journey until 2030, though there are worries that its battery power is running low and we may need to shut things off on Voyager 1 as soon as 2020.
Just think: in 1977 we didn’t have cell phones. We didn’t have the internet. Yet, humans were able to create and launch a satellite such as this. It is pretty incredible.
Since my early childhood I have imagined “life” outside of Earth. I used to think that there was another planet someone with humans or other life froms. After all, why should we be the only planet that has life? Earth is but a speck, as this journey confirms. And if Earth is a speck, what does that make each of us?
I am excited to hear what the Voyager 1 continues to learn as it breaks through our solar system, though it seems unlikely that we will be living outside of our solar system in my lifetime. Keep things in perspective people. It is not all about us after all.