Voyager I Is Close to Leaving Our Solar System

Writes Rebecca J. Rosen in the Atlantic:

Last week, in the corners of the Internet devoted to outer space, things started to get a little, well, hot. Voyager 1, the man-made object farthest away from Earth, was encountering a sharp uptick in the number of a certain kind of energetic particles around it. Had the spacecraft become the first human creation to “officially” leave the solar system?

It’s hard to overstate how wild an accomplishment this would be: A machine, built here on Earth by the brain — and handiwork of humans, has sailed from Florida, out of Earth’s orbit, beyond Mars, beyond the gas giants of Jupiter and Saturn, and may now have left the heliosphere — tiny dot in the universe beholden to our sun. Had it really happened? How would we know?

Read More: Atlantic

15 Comments on "Voyager I Is Close to Leaving Our Solar System"

  1. Let it be a harbinger of our glory. The Universe belongs to us.

  2. SmokinTokinJokinBrit | Jun 15, 2012 at 2:53 am |

    we’ve made our claim to the solar system, for all our flaws, it gives me a weird sense of hope that one day, a lucky generation will boldly go. i hope they don’t remember us as fools, we don’t all desire war and oil, for some of us space would be the ultimate dream. lucky future bastards 

    • What?!  We haven’t even sent a human past the orbit of our own moon.  The farthest we’ve “made our claim” is a couple of beeping tin cans flying out into oblivion.

      • Monkey See Monkey Do | Jun 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm |

        HAHA, yes true, we’re a dumb bunch of monkeys and chimps. Yet we’re the smartest species we know of…

        • Anarchy Pony | Jun 17, 2012 at 12:09 am |

          Smart? We destroy our habitat and pollute our air and water and allow ourselves to grow fat weak and lazy on our precious progress. 

      • SmokinTokinJokinBrit | Jun 16, 2012 at 4:15 am |

        yeah that’s true but think how far we’ve come in the last 100 years, even if war was the driving force behind our advancement. a wooden plane gave way to a xenon ion engine, i mean, fuck me how cool does that sound ! we use a xenon ion engine to travel in space!, ten year old me wants to play command and conquer again 

        •  the only bummer comes from thinking how far we -could- have come this past 100 years. We’re doing fine, I think, but we could be so much more!

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