Voyager 1 Reaching Interstellar Space 35 Years after Leaving Earth

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Voyager 1 Reaching Interstellar Space 35 Years after Leaving Earth

Voyager 1 Reaching Interstellar Space 35 Years after Leaving Earth

NASA’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, which first left Earth in 1977, are the longest-operating spacecraft in history and the most distant, at billions of miles from Earth but in different directions. Each only has 68 kilobytes of computer memory — the smallest iPod, an 8-gigabyte iPod Nano, is 100,000 times more powerful.

Considered a relic of the early Space Age, Voyager 1 is still in operation approaching the boundary that separates the solar system from interstellar space — the space between the solar system and the stars.

Voyager 1 used Saturn as a gravitational slingshot to catapult itself toward the edge of the solar system, which is enveloped in a giant plasma bubble, and is now flitting around the fringes. Outside the bubble is a new frontier in the Milky Way — the space between stars.

Voyager 1 is in uncharted celestial territory, the report reads, and the boundary that separates the solar system and interstellar space is near, but could take days, months or years to cross.

 

Originally posted 2016-04-01 12:28:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter