Voyager 1's Getting Closer to Earth Right Now

  • Published on Apr 17, 2017
  • The Voyager 1 space probe is the furthest man-made object from Earth, and the fastest. But right now, it's moving towards us. Relatively speaking. At Mission Control for the Deep Space Network, inside NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, let's talk about why -- and about how to stay in touch with something so small and so far away.
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    Edited by: Michelle Martin @mrsmmartin
    Animations: Mat Hill
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Comments • 854

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  2 years ago +1753

    I couldn't find a superlative big enough for the "not to scale" warnings on those graphic sequences.

    • Casper S�
      Casper S� Year ago

      Site still exists. Scale of The Solar System on Google should get you there. - 5x 1080p = 1.3106x 8k is my math is any good

    • Casper S�
      Casper S� Year ago

      There isn't. Not on a 16k screen either. Far, far from

    • Ivan Lovric
      Ivan Lovric Year ago

      I'm subbing. You're awesome 😉😎

    • Mi NX
      Mi NX Year ago

      Wouter Weggelaar There aren't. Even if you give up on trying to display Voyager at all, a normal-sized 8K computer monitor with Earth as a single pixel would be far too small to show the full scale.
      If you try to show Voyager as a single pixel, you hit the point where building and powering puts your civilization somewhere above 1 but below 2 on the Kardashev Scale.

    • Debbie Meyer
      Debbie Meyer 2 years ago +2

      Tom Scott eh that's fine

  • Arakiel de Hoop
    Arakiel de Hoop Day ago

    Cinderellas castel?? Did you saw it? NASA is a hoax so laughable!

  • Mystic wolve
    Mystic wolve 27 days ago

    wait you can't put a dish at the north or south pole? xD are you afraid to expose the flat earth plain

  • BrickbyBrick Design Studio

    Voyager 1 will have one last secret to reveal in 2024

  • Mike Sain
    Mike Sain Month ago

    So Voyager in 70s is sending 160kb/s ... but in 2000 I couldnt get 56kbs

  • East Pavilion-er
    East Pavilion-er Month ago

    1:49 Madrid 55 wind speed 12.35 km/hr.
    Turns out NASA do indeed use metric.

  • elgen serrano
    elgen serrano 2 months ago can capture an image of other far galaxy using hubble telescope and then why cant you take a picture the voyager1 and voyager2 using hubble telescope?

  • Skippy the Magnificent
    Skippy the Magnificent 4 months ago

    It's strange to think that in a billion years, assuming we haven't gone to go get them, or they suffered a random collision with something, the Voyager probes, the Pioneer probes, and New Horizons will still be puttering around the galaxy, thousands of light-years from Earth. I wonder how many analogous alien artifacts are also out there, just drifting forever...

  • alvarocks4688
    alvarocks4688 5 months ago

    Proud to be taking part in such a historic mission to outer space in behalf of science and mankind. Madrid!!

  • Neurotic Sos
    Neurotic Sos 7 months ago

    Omg voyager 1 goes dark in 2025?

  • ben gib
    ben gib 7 months ago +1

    The voyager will land on some primitive planet where it will be worshipped as a god

  • Ben Adians
    Ben Adians 8 months ago +1

    At the time new Horizon was the fastest object not voyager

  • Dnario
    Dnario 8 months ago

    Send 3 more voyagers!!!!!!! That will be made out of concretete and Steele that will last 1000s of years

  • Spiral down viral
    Spiral down viral 8 months ago

    I been waiting to see new horizons next photo session in 2019 but I wish they would launch a satellite that can constantly record deep space. Can you imagine being able to watch a live stream of a satellite billions of miles away?

  • Angel Carrillo
    Angel Carrillo 8 months ago +2

    *_BBC theme starts playing_*
    Good evening, United Kingdom.
    This is Tom Scott
    And here are the news.

  • Cyber
    Cyber 9 months ago

    The moon landing and voyager are hoaxes. Watch other videos.

  • Matt Middleton/artless intent

    clearly a hoax

  • Zorch Martino
    Zorch Martino 10 months ago

    nasa is santa claus for adult idiots

  • JonatasAdoM
    JonatasAdoM 10 months ago

    Getting closer? Oh we're so screwed!

  • Pyrotechnics 8
    Pyrotechnics 8 10 months ago

    I wonder where it's headed now. Like to another star system.

  • psycleen
    psycleen 10 months ago

    steve townes facials tom scott

  • psycleen
    psycleen 10 months ago

    steve townes facials scott

  • Liam Roberts Shadow Banned

    0:49 Disney top right corner

  • Ziginox
    Ziginox 11 months ago

    It's incredible that Voyager 1 is still going, forty years after launch.

  • Charlen Ellis
    Charlen Ellis Year ago

    "Its for size comparisons" yall just tell yourself anything...and believe it

  • Ahmad Jameel
    Ahmad Jameel Year ago

    Frome Where Voyager 1 Getting Food...????

  • Jlipper
    Jlipper Year ago

    I wonder how the Cassini Plunge went.

  • Ledor S
    Ledor S Year ago +1

    Full of B.S.!

  • Lukson
    Lukson Year ago

    Cant wait to see those images t hat voyager has taken, Im really interested in science I cant wait!!!!!!!

  • Matt Con
    Matt Con Year ago

    Can-Berra 😂😂 can-ber-r-er

  • Airplane Engine
    Airplane Engine Year ago


  • TwoPizzas
    TwoPizzas Year ago

    With those giant monitors and 3D models I feel like they were just playing KSP

  • Livvy Hackett
    Livvy Hackett Year ago

    This is really cool because voyager 2 and 1 are getting closer to us again at this time of year

  • peter hughes
    peter hughes Year ago

    I’m confused. I thought the two Voyager spacecraft went on their separate ways and Voyager 1’s orbit left the plane of the Solar System, leaving 2 to carry on. I’m sure that this happened more than 9 months ago so why leave it so long to upload what is, essentially, out of date info? Interesting nevertheless, thanks for sharing. Peter.

  • SIX-SH00T3R
    SIX-SH00T3R Year ago

    Am I the only one that noticed Disney's cinderella castle on the big screen there?

  • TheTooginator
    TheTooginator Year ago

    Wait a gosh darn minute! If the Earth is orbiting the sun at 30 kps and Voyager is travelling away at 17 kps, then how could the speed of light travel at the same speed in both frames of reference? That would mean that one of the variables of speed (distance or time) is different depending on the relative speeds of both objects! Distance is certainly fixed, so time must be different depending on the frame of reference!
    Someone really should look into this!

  • Ronn Sethman
    Ronn Sethman Year ago

    god, we are closer because of our rotation, wow

  • Michael Dorado
    Michael Dorado Year ago

    Yo i thought it was a chic in the thumbnail pic for the vid lmao

  • Cody Rush
    Cody Rush Year ago

    Earth's Getting Closer to Voyager Right Now -fixed the title :)

  • Ghost Ghost
    Ghost Ghost Year ago

    Outdated technology..

  • Louis Owings
    Louis Owings Year ago

    This guy looks old and young at the same time

  • Jason Hong
    Jason Hong Year ago

    160 bits... can't listen to a song after downloading it for days..

  • Gerald Nongsiej
    Gerald Nongsiej Year ago

    But am curious who really filmed the Voyager 🙄😨

  • Serving Him
    Serving Him Year ago

    how it get passed the van Ellen belt

  • Brent Anderson
    Brent Anderson Year ago

    Don’t worry it’ll end up in the delta quadrant

  • Free Speaker
    Free Speaker Year ago +1

    they should tell it to self destruct I don't think it's a good idea to send out a dinner menu like that

  • Rafael Rabinovich
    Rafael Rabinovich Year ago +1

    This is why aliens won't hear our radio calls: noise will make our transmissions null and void

  • shit memes and broken dreams

    I liked for the ridiculously not to scale

  • Mike Adams
    Mike Adams Year ago

    more syfy bs

  • Cole Cramer
    Cole Cramer Year ago

    Click bait.

  • Brett Gunn
    Brett Gunn Year ago

    That is NOT TRUE AT ALL!

  • Tricky Trinklet
    Tricky Trinklet Year ago

    i thought Voyager crossed Solar system long time ago...

  • Stephen Wilson
    Stephen Wilson Year ago

    How can you change direction in the infinite vacuum of space?...fkg hoax

  • Benjamin McIntosh

    Can-bear-ah, sigh....

  • Johnfortich Vista
    Johnfortich Vista Year ago +1

    Wondering if they'll send out a relay satellite just to pick up signal from V1? Imagine having a series of satellites all the way to the edges and as far as the V1 could reach.

  • Aditya Verma
    Aditya Verma Year ago

    I would love to some cool images that Voyager has taken that puts the our solar system into some perspective.

  • James Brown
    James Brown Year ago

    Never be able to see it. Cant even see the moon lander with the biggest telescopes.

  • Eddie
    Eddie Year ago

    I thought the control room only measured tv ratings.

  • oil9vinergar
    oil9vinergar Year ago

    spies use polar orbits.....

  • Daniel Cannata
    Daniel Cannata Year ago

    And here i was hoping a long time traveller would be returning home...

  • Jasper Brown
    Jasper Brown Year ago

    Guess who's jealous of you?

    *ME OF COURSE!!*

  • United Geometry
    United Geometry Year ago +1

    Why was Disney on the screen ?????

  • Kenji Gunawan
    Kenji Gunawan Year ago

    160 bits per second. We can't live like this!

  • Kevin Davis
    Kevin Davis Year ago

    "... But when you're only coming at 160 bits per second"
    Best quote taken out of context from this video. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Life Myth Animations

    0:56 They are watching Cinderella's castle in Disneyland.

  • IHadNoIdeaThatGoogleAllowedYouToChangeYourNameIntoSomethingSoRidiculouslyLongAndStupidLikeIDidHere

    It's been 6 months, now it's moving further away again ;)

  • Lexyvil
    Lexyvil Year ago

    The best kind of videos on the internet, for sure.

  • Trag1c Gaming
    Trag1c Gaming Year ago

    0.56 top right corner.... why JPL ? Why ?.......

  • Max well
    Max well Year ago

    0:16 good to hear George Lucas is keeping busy.

  • HellOWorld
    HellOWorld Year ago +1

    cant we just put satellites in orbit of other planets to relay the messages back to us a little bit faster? Relaying them directly from a machine that's that far away hardly seems like a reasonable idea, try building a network of satellites instead around various planets.

  • dʒeɪms
    dʒeɪms Year ago

    those screens in the background look just a little bit wasteful

  • thetruereality
    thetruereality Year ago

    The title is really dumb

  • 🔴Warped🔴
    🔴Warped🔴 Year ago +1

    Because America. That's why.

  • YT어두운 그림자

    I wish voyager can come back☹️☹️☹️😭😭

  • Rock & Rollin' Nolan

    If you ever feel lonely, just remember Voyager 1 is out there. :)

  • Jamey Mueller
    Jamey Mueller Year ago

    DId you see the time for the communication with voyager in the background, 38 light hours!!!!!

  • BlnkMnd
    BlnkMnd Year ago

    they should destroy it and not let it fly off with the message. dangerous. also, why disney castle?

  • Correctrix
    Correctrix Year ago

    TIL the capital of this country is "Can bearer".

  • Maladroit Knight
    Maladroit Knight Year ago

    So if the earth is technically getting closer to voyager 1, would that mean that (for a while at least) it would take less time for a signal from voyager 1 to reach earth due to the shorter distance?

  • nuclearthreat545
    nuclearthreat545 Year ago

    what the hell!!!!

  • Chris Hunter
    Chris Hunter Year ago +1

    hmm, human music
    *I like it*

  • roidroid
    roidroid Year ago +3

    Canberra is pronounced "Can-Bra", just 2 syllables.
    There's no bear in the name
    (but there are bears, drop bears, very dangerous).

  • Tom Jerry
    Tom Jerry 2 years ago

    1:45 .....turns out that we have the capacity to build satellites the size of the sun! XP

  • Joel Inosin
    Joel Inosin 2 years ago

    Is the rate of universal expansion slow enough as to not affect this in any way?
    edit: went and look and it is indeed faster than voyager's speed (I think; 67km/s compared to voyager's 17.2km/s) ...but is it relevant in our reference frame such that it affects what you mentioned here, I guess, is what I'm not sure about.

  • Birddog
    Birddog 2 years ago

    did any one else see Disney's castle o. the screen

  • UltraPrimal
    UltraPrimal 2 years ago +1

    They should probably get Voyager 1 to turn around and come back. Otherwise the Predacon known as Megatron will steal the Golden Disc it's carrying, go back in time, and try to assassinate the original Optimus Prime asleep on the Ark and destroy all human kind with only Optimus Primal and a handful of Maximal explorers to try and stop him.

  • chexo3
    chexo3 2 years ago +1

    Should we try catching it if it gets close? Personally yes. We could investigate how the components aged which could be useful. We could inspect to see if it was tampered with. We could replay the golden record, to check for changes. We could rerecord it today and send out a new one. A revision, if you will. All sorts of cool stuff.

  • M.H Tech U.K
    M.H Tech U.K 2 years ago

    Very interesting video.

  • Anthony Ferguson
    Anthony Ferguson 2 years ago

    Poor Captain Janeway she's still out there....

  • VideoGameGang
    VideoGameGang 2 years ago

    In my teacher's point of view, Voyager is a dumb idea because if it ends up in the hands of something that is warlike it just kills us. "Here's a map to our home world, please come kill us!" However, we'll all be dead from Global warming before it gets to another solar system.

  • magic school bus
    magic school bus 2 years ago

    Enyay is actually a great idea

  • Broken Wave
    Broken Wave 2 years ago

    This is a misleading title. Voyager is NOT moving toward us. Its moving away. Sometimes we are moving toward it...but its still moving away much faster.
    Its like youre running at a racecar and saying "hey, its moving toward me!"

  • Michael Hawthorne
    Michael Hawthorne 2 years ago

    I can't believe nobody hasn't talked to Gene Roddenberry about long range fast communications before he died, I mean, Subspace right? he did it... You could talk to Vega as I talk to someone around the world on Skype. What a miss that was.... Oh well..... I have to go, I'm due back on planet Earth soon....

    DJARO 2 years ago +9

    am I the only one annoyed that he says spain and australia, at the part about the stations, but he also says california.
    either you also say which state/province form australia/spain it is in, or you just say the united states.
    The us is just a country, like spain or australia.

    • Matt Shap
      Matt Shap Year ago +1

      Particularly since he was in the California one, his saying California specifically is valid.

    • Cody Rush
      Cody Rush Year ago

      So is Australia. Also, the States are essentially set up like countries, but all cooperate in the union that is the country of the United States. Very similar to how the European Union is (trying?) to work.I don't think his saying California is unusual or improper.

    • Malnutrition Boy
      Malnutrition Boy Year ago

      DJARO the us is huge that's why.

    • Malnutrition Boy
      Malnutrition Boy Year ago

      DJARO from*

  • Nubbins
    Nubbins 2 years ago

    Vger will return to merge with the creator

  • apard7
    apard7 2 years ago

    Bruh. "Can-Beruh"

  • Brooks Silber
    Brooks Silber 2 years ago +1

    voyager 1 is not the fastest space probe....

  • Don't be scared homie
    Don't be scared homie 2 years ago

    1:19 flat solar system....

  • draco82
    draco82 2 years ago +2

    they have nice screensavers showing dancing data to the sats

  • Aron Septianto
    Aron Septianto 2 years ago +1

    i like how that it looks like a kerbal space progam