Voyager’s best images of the Solar System

Forty years ago, the twin Voyager spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida, sending back beautiful images of our Solar System, the like of which had never been seen before.

Saturn and two of its moons photographed in 1980 by Voyager 1. The moons, Tethys (closest to the planet) and Dione, are visible as bright spots in space next to the gas giant. Tethys's shadow can also be seen on Saturn itself. (Credit: NASA/JPL)

Between them, the two Voyager spacecraft have visited Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and have explored the outer reaches of the Solar System, the edge of the Sun’s domain and beyond.

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The Voyager spacecraft returned thousands of images from the planets and moons of the Solar System over the years.

They showed us the intricacies of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and the complexity of Saturn’s rings.

Voyager 2 is still the only spacecraft to have visited Uranus and Neptune, giving us our first (and still, best) glimpses of these icy worlds.

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Here are some of the best of them.