sep 042012
After 35 Years, Voyager 1 is Heading for the Stars

  Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars. Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will bid adieu to the Solar System and enter a new realm of space — the first time a manmade object will have escaped to the other side. This image illustrates Voyager’s position as the twin space probes [continue reading]

jun 162012
Voyager 1 is about to enter Interstellar Space

  Data from NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft indicate that the venerable deep-space explorer has encountered a region in space where the intensity of charged particles from beyond our solar system has markedly increased. Voyager scientists looking at this rapid rise draw closer to an inevitable but historic conclusion – that humanity’s first emissary to interstellar [continue reading]

apr 182012
Voyager 1 Might Have Farther to Go to Exit the Heliosheath

The Voyager 1 spacecraft is exploring the outer heliosheath past about 111 astronomical units (AU) from the Sun. The heliosheath is the region where the outgoing solar wind is slowed by the interstellar medium. The Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft have been sending back interesting new information about the structure of this previously uncharted [continue reading]