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Voyager 1 is in interstellar space + new article #837795 09/12/13 06:05 PM
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Voyager 1 was launched in 1977 to study Jupiter and Saturn. It carried out its mission, but long since has traveled through the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune and kept going. It's now 125 times as far away from the Sun as we are, some twelve billion miles from home.

It takes nearly eighteen hours for Voyager's signals to reach us. Yes, Voyager is still phoning home, which is how NASA is getting enough data to finally conclude that the little probe is now in interstellar space, the space between the stars.

But, of course, this wouldn't be the first time that scientists had decided that Voyager had left the Solar System, which, strictly speaking, it hasn't. It still hasn't passed through the Oort Cloud and will no longer be in touch with Earth by the time it has.

Voyager 1's twin, Voyager 2, is also headed towards the edge of the Solar System in a different direction. (I think it's a bit like Buzz Aldrin to Voyager 1's Neil Armstrong.)

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Re: It's official! Voyager 1 is in interstellar space! [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #837885 09/13/13 07:01 AM
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NASA's Jet Propulson Lab has some starry people wishing Voyager well as humanity's first ambassador to the stars. The short video features Neil de Grasse Tyson, Nick Sagan, Wil Wheaton and others: Message to Voyager


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Voyagers - Preparing for the Grand Toure [Re: Mona - Astronomy] #838769 09/19/13 11:27 AM
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In 2013 Voyager 1 became the first starship as slipped into interstellar space, the space between stars. What was a NASA probe doing twelve billion miles from home? What was the origin of its 36-year mission?

Voyagers - Preparing for the Grand Tour


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