Voyager 1: Humanity escapes the solar system

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    Jun 19, 2012 3:06 AM GMT
    For the space buffs out there -

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2159359/Humanity-escapes-solar-Voyager-1-signals-reached-edge-interstellar-space.html

    With absolutely no attempt at hyperbole at all, it is fair to say that this is one of - if not the - biggest achievement of the human race.

    For, as we speak, an object conceived in the human mind, and built by our tools, and launched from our planet, is sailing out of the further depths of our solar system - and will be the first object made by man to sail out into interstellar space.

    The Voyager 1, built by Nasa and launched in 1977 has spent the last 35 years steadily increasing its distance from Earth, and is now now 17,970,000,000km - or 11,100,000,000miles - away, travelling at 10km a second.

    Indications over the last week implies that Voyager 1 is now leaving the heliosphere - the last vestige of this solar system.

    The Atlantic reports that the Voyager 1 - which is still managing to communicate with Earth with radio waves that reach us 16 hours later - is beginning to experience a bit of heat.

    It is detecting more energetic particles around it, implying it it at the very edge of the heliosheath, which is like a bubble around the solar system, protecting us from the cosmic winds of deep space.
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    Jun 19, 2012 5:45 AM GMT
    i'm not a space buff, but this is pretty cool icon_smile.gif
    crazy that we're still getting reception from it! i find that amazing. i have to wonder how much longer we'll have that connection.
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    Jun 19, 2012 5:50 AM GMT
    tmkjn123 saidi'm not a space buff, but this is pretty cool icon_smile.gif
    crazy that we're still getting reception from it! i find that amazing. i have to wonder how much longer we'll have that connection.

    Until the plutonium in its three radioisotope thermoelectric generators decays completely... currently predicted for the year 2025. icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 19, 2012 5:55 AM GMT
    Cool. I wonder what is on board...
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    Jun 19, 2012 6:08 AM GMT
    Technology escaped the solar system. Humanity just sat back and gathered the numbers to make sure the unanticipatedly extra-solar spacecraft was still operational.