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Inside Cape Canaveral where the Voyager space probes were first launched | 60 Minutes Australia

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In 1977, NASA launched the two Voyager space probes from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Their mission was supposed to last for 5 years and take them on a journey to explore Jupiter and Saturn. They kept going past Uranus and Neptune and continued onwards, away from the Sun. 36 years later, Voyager 1 is now 18 billion kilometres from Earth. It's by far the furthest a manmade object has ever travelled. In fact, some scientists believe Voyager 1 is now entering interstellar space, where the influence of the Milky Way takes over from the Sun's gravitational pull. Ray Martin was at Cape Canaveral when the Voyager probes were first launched and he's just been back to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to see how they're travelling!

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