The Voyager Spacecraft is very close to the edge of our solar system, and may be on the verge of crossing over into intelstellar space
In a major milestone, NASA has reported that the Voyager I spacecraft may be close to becoming the first human creation ever to cross the
invisible boundary separating our solar system from interstellar space. A surge of new data shows that the probe has been encountering a huge uptick
in galactic cosmic rays — a key factor that would signify that the Voyager has, indeed, left the building.
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May Soon Become the First Spacecraft to Reach Interstellar Space
This news is a little surprising; it was previously thought that Voyager would tak a little longer to get there. However, Voyager isn't getting
faster, but the boundary of the Solar system may be closer than they thought. NASA has recalculated where the edge of the solar system actually is,
and feels Voyager may cross it at any time:
Scientists analyzing recent data from NASA's Voyager and Cassini spacecraft have calculated that Voyager 1 could cross over into the frontier of
interstellar space at any time and much earlier than previously thought. The findings are detailed in this week's issue of the journal Nature.
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Recalculating the Distance to Interstellar Space
Also, a link to the NASA/JPL Voyager mission website:
Voyager Mission Website
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