Inter-stellar On This Day news today, as June 13 1983 was the first time a man-made object had passed beyond the realms of our solar system.
‘Pioneer 10’ crossed the orbit of Neptune (the furthest known planet then and again now with the de-classification of Pluto), making it the first Earth-made object to travel that distance.
Created by TRW Inc. on behalf of NASA, the space probe was launched on March 3rd, 1972, meaning the gargantuan journey took 11 years, travelling between 2.7 – 2.9 billion miles in the process.
‘Pioneer 10’ is now believed to be approximately 10 billion miles from Earth.
Other famous historical events on this day include:
- Queen Elizabeth II is shot at by a 17-year-old with a replica gun during the ‘Trooping the Guard Parade’. Marcus Serjeant was imprisoned for five years under the 1842 Treason Act, not utilised since 1966. (1981)
- The Boeing 777 made its first flight. (1994)
- The British of Guernsey legalises abortion. Over-turning a law that had stood since 1910. (1996)
- Michael Jackson was cleared of child abuse in a civil case that lasted for four months. (2005)