Sunday, June 17, 2012

At the edge of the universe

Voyager probe reaches edge of solar system

Updated June 17, 2012 01:23:26
PHOTO: Breaking new ground ... Voyager 1 has reached the edge of the solar system. (NASA: Reuters)

The Voyager 1 space probe has reached the edge of the solar system, extending its record for being the most distant man-made object in space. According to a statement from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the spacecraft is sending back data to Earth showing a sharp increase in charged particles that originate from beyond the solar system.
"Voyager scientists looking at this rapid rise draw closer to an inevitable but historic conclusion - that humanity's first emissary to interstellar space is on the edge of our solar system," NASA said in the statement.
Voyager 1, along with its sister spacecraft Voyager 2, was launched in 1977 and is now about 18 billion kilometres from the Sun.

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