Voyager-1 leaves the Solar System

Voyager-1 leaves the Solar System

After being launched into space 36 years ago, the Voyager 1 space probe has achieved its greatest milestone: being the first man-made object that exceeds the border of the Solar System. On September 12, 2013, it was found that Voyager 1 had left our system.

In fact, according to NASA data, the probe could have exceeded the confines of the Solar System around August 25, 2012. However, this momentous event was announced in September 2013, after confirming with evidence the current situation of the probe

Voyager, in interstellar space

Voyager 1, designed and managed by NASA, has already become an interstellar body. In order to confirm this, the American space agency relied on the data sent by the probe related to the surrounding plasma density. Said density has varied in such a way that it coincides with the stipulated plasma density outside the heliosphere.

What they have not been able to determine is the exact point where Voyager 1 is, since over the years some of its sensors have stopped working.

Voyager 1 trajectory

The Voyager 1 space probe was launched from the Cape Canaveral station, in the state of Florida, on September 5, 1977. Its mission was to study the limits of the Solar System and proceed further. In his 36-year journey he has spent with Jupiter and Saturn. Later he continued his course to get away from the Solar System.

It has now exceeded a distance of six times the orbit of Neptune, the outermost planet in the system, located some 19,000 million kilometers from the Sun. Scientists are confident that the instruments of Voyager 1 remain in operation until, at least, the 2020. In addition, they are looking forward to receiving data from the new environment through which the ship travels.

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