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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  • akbar

    totally awesome!

  • akbar

    totally awesome!

  • Honu

    Very very cool.

  • Honu

    Very very cool.

  • Golchab

    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.

  • Golchab

    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.

  • Synapse

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

  • Synapse

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

    • Tykjen

      blame the anti-nuclear movement of morons on this planet

      • Artor

        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!

  • Tykjen

    blame the anti-nuclear movement of morons on this planet

  • Dr Roxxo

    maybe it’ll come back with space coke

    • Artor

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

  • Dr Roxxo

    maybe it’ll come back with space coke

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    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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