Voyager 1 will soon be leaving our solar system
Launched 34 years ago, Voyager 1 is at the edge of our solar system and will soon be the first man made object entering interstellar travel.
Based on the latest data received from Voyager 1, scientists say the venerable spacecraft is now on the very edge of our solar system. The data, which traveled some 17.8 billion kilometers (11 billion miles) on its 16-hour-38 minute journey to NASA’s Deep Space Network on Earth, reveals a marked increase in the intensity of charged particles from beyond our solar system, indicating that Voyager 1 is soon to become the first man-made object to leave our little slice of the universe.
It is still unknown when exactly the 34-year-old Voyager 1 spacecraft will cross over into interstellar space, but that moment is definitely fast approaching.
“The latest data indicate that we are clearly in a new region where things are changing more quickly,” says Voyager project scientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Ed Stone. “It is very exciting. We are approaching the solar system’s frontier.”