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Neil deGrasse Tyson, Wil Wheaton, Carl Sagan's son, LaVar Burton, astronaut Mike Massimino and many more wish the Voyager I well as it becomes the first human-made object to enter interstellar space. NASA encourages everyone to do the same, because this is a truly remarkable human achievement.Read More
You can hear the sound of interstellar space in this video. Give this two minutes.
Today NASA announced that Voyager I is the first human-made object to enter interstellar space. The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory released this video outlining the history of the mission and how far it's gone. We should all be feeling a certain level of awe right now.Read More
It's not quite out of the solar system yet, but at 11 billion miles from the Sun it's certainly getting there.
The Voyager 1 spacecraft was in the news a few months ago when it was falsely reported that it had left the solar system. It still hasn't left the Sun's magnetic field, but NASA says it is at the final barrier of the heliosphere. It could still be months or years before Voyager 1 crosses that barrier, but when it does it will be the first human-made craft to enter interstellar space.Read More
Voyager 1, an unmanned probe that NASA launched into space in 1977 to study the outer planets in our solar system, is still doing remarkable things 30 years after it photographed Jupiter and Saturn. According to a Voyager Project scientist, new data from the probe indicate that it is nearing the boundaries of interstellar space, the space between stars where matter becomes even more sparse. 10.8 billion miles from the Sun, Voyager 1 encountered a crucial shift in the solar wind, the charged particles emitted by the Sun: The wind's outward velocity had slowed to zero and the wind was only detectable from the side, indicating that the spacecraft had crossed a key threshold within the heliosphere, the 'bubble' blown by the solar wind which marks the boundaries where the strength of our sun's solar wind exceeds that of other stars.Read More