Thursday, December 16, 2010

Voyager 1 Exiting Our Solar System Soon After 33 Years

Who would had know after all these years that this probe would still be sending information about our solar system back to us and still kicking ass. It is now the furthest man-made object from earth, about 10 billion miles away. In the next 4 years it will be exiting our solar system completely. 1977 was when it was launched. Unbelievable.

Via Telegraph UK: The NASA space probe was launched in 1977 and passed by Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune before veering north.

It is now 10.8 billion miles from the sun travelling at a speed of 38,000 mph.

The solar wind, a stream of charged particles spewing from the sun, has slowed to a speed of zero and is moving sideways rather than outwards, marking the end of the solar system.

Nasa said the 722kg probe would take another four years to fully exit the solar system and enter interstellar space, the area between the influence of the sun and the next star system. The space agency described it as a “major milestone” in space exploration.

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