Launch of Voyager 1 spacecraft, 5th September, 1977.
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Launched from the Kennedy Space Centre, Cape Canaveral, Florida, by a Titan rocket, Voyager 1 was the second of two spacecraft launched in 1977 to explore the planets in the outer Solar System. It overtook Voyager 2 on the way to Jupiter. Voyager 1 made its closest approached to Jupiter of 278,000 kilometres in March 1979 before flying on to Saturn.