Voyager 1 is very near the edge to the solar system

December 14th, 2010 - 9:49 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Dec 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Voyager 1, which is the most distant spacecraft from the earth has sent new data back to the planet suggesting that the spacecraft is very close to leaving the solar system.

The craft is about 17.4 billion km away and recent data shows that there is a change in the particles that flow around the spacecraft. Scientists believe that the spacecraft is inching very closer to the interstellar space. The interstellar space is the spaces between the stars.

The spacecraft was launched about 33 years back and scientists are thrilled that it continues to perform at top peak.

The project scientist of the Voyager, Edward Stone told the BBC that, “When Voyager was launched, the space age itself was only 20 years old, so there was no basis to know that spacecraft could last so long.”

Another spacecraft, Voyage 2 was launched soon after the Voyager 1. The Voyager 1 left for the outer space on 5 September 1977 with the Voyager 2 launching on 20 August 1977.

The spacecraft’s initial task was to examine the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. After initially completing that task successfully, it was given another task to leave the solar system.

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