Voyager Near Solar System’s Edge

Voyager 1Well done NASA. Looking forward to seeing this intrepid vehicle again when it returns to us as V’Ger. Jonathan Amos writes on BBC News:

Voyager 1, the most distant spacecraft from Earth, has reached a new milestone in its quest to leave the Solar System.

Now 17.4bn km (10.8bn miles) from home, the veteran probe has detected a distinct change in the flow of particles that surround it. These particles, which emanate from the Sun, are no longer travelling outwards but are moving sideways.

It means Voyager must be very close to making the jump to interstellar space — the space between the stars.

Edward Stone, the Voyager project scientist, lauded the explorer and the fascinating science it continues to return 33 years after launch. “When Voyager was launched, the space age itself was only 20 years old, so there was no basis to know that spacecraft could last so long,” he told BBC News. “We had no idea how far we would have to travel to get outside the Solar System. We now know that in roughly five years, we should be outside for the first time.”

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16 Responses to Voyager Near Solar System’s Edge

  1. akbar December 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

    totally awesome!

  2. akbar December 14, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    totally awesome!

  3. Honu December 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    Very very cool.

  4. Honu December 14, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    Very very cool.

  5. Golchab December 14, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    I wanna see Voyager return something completly silly… like the findings that the edge of the solar system is made of paper from a coloring book or along that line of non-sense.

  6. Golchab December 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    I wanna see Voyager return something completly silly… like the findings that the edge of the solar system is made of paper from a coloring book or along that line of non-sense.

  7. Synapse December 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    Why can’t we build em like this anymore? Voyager 1 has lasted for 33 years and counting.

  8. Synapse December 16, 2010 at 8:06 am #

    Why can’t we build em like this anymore? Voyager 1 has lasted for 33 years and counting.

    • Tykjen February 1, 2011 at 8:53 am #

      blame the anti-nuclear movement of morons on this planet

      • Artor March 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

        Morons? Nasa just had a satellite launch fail, dropping its payload in the ocean. What if that payload had a plutonium reactor on it? What if it fell on inhabited territory? Why would anyone be worried about spreading an incredibly toxic substance around, with a half-life of 24,000 yrs? That’s worse than Twinkies!

  9. Tykjen February 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    blame the anti-nuclear movement of morons on this planet

  10. Dr Roxxo February 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    maybe it’ll come back with space coke

    • Artor March 5, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

      Just as long as it doesn’t return with space herpes!

  11. Dr Roxxo February 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    maybe it’ll come back with space coke

  12. Anonymous March 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Just as long as it doesn’t return with space herpes!

  13. Anonymous March 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Morons? Nasa just had a satellite launch fail, dropping its payload in the ocean. What if that payload had a plutonium reactor on it? What if it fell on inhabited territory? Why would anyone be worried about spreading an incredibly toxic substance around, with a half-life of 24,000 yrs? That’s worse than Twinkies!

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