A Day in the Life of NASA's Voyagers
"At more than 10 billion miles away from Earth, there is no day and night. Time and space are fathomless and our Sun is a distant point of starlight — a faint reminder of the home NASA’s twin Voyagers, humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, left behind 40 years ago. Voyager 1, which launched on Sept. 5, 1977, and Voyager 2, launched on Aug. 20, 1977, continue to return data that shape our view and understanding of our place in the universe. "- Read More
Every time I read about these craft I'm humbled by the distances and timeframes discussed in the various articles. However, the end of this one was a stat I had never heard or considered before.
I always just picture them going off into space in a straight line (even though obviously galactic gravity will effect them). The thought of them orbiting the entire galaxy over several hundred million years is astounding. We'll probably be long gone and these probes will most likely still be buzzing through the Milky Way for eons.
Sometimes I wish I was Voyager. Floating endlessly in space, no wants or needs, nothing but starlight to guide my way into the unknown...