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December 10, 2011

NASA's Voyager Hits New Region at Solar System Edge

Recently, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has now reached the farthest point in space that a man-made object from earth has ever traveled. It is not quite in interstellar space, however it is certainty right on the edge. The spacecraft is traveling at a speed of around 13km/s, and is now over 11 billion miles away. Even at this point, it is still experiences some charged particles from the sun. It seems amazing that even at this distance from the sun, the spacecraft can detect activity from it..... If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft will continue to fly into interstellar space until the year 2030 where it will run out of all remaining fuel.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111205141802.htm

Posted by balerner at December 10, 2011 12:38 AM

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When it runs out of fuel, I wonder what will happen to the spacecraft. Does it just burn up in space, or get pulled out even further into the solar system. What information is this spacecraft telling us as it flys through space. It would be interesting to see at what point the spacecraft begins detecting another star more-so than the Sun.

Posted by: mwalkows at December 11, 2011 04:07 PM

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