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The first space probe was the Soviet-launched Sput­nik 1 in 1957. Sput­nik was the first man-made ob­ject in space.

In July 1976, the Vik­ing 1 probe made the first suc­cess­ful soft land­ing on Mars. The Vik­ing 1 probe sent im­ages back to Earth for more than six years.

Voy­ager 1 is the farthest man-made ob­ject from Earth at about 11.7 bil­lion miles away. The probe is ex­pected to trans­mit sig­nals un­til 2020.

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