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Voyager Has Boldly Gone

After 36 years and 12 billion miles, the plucky Voyager space probe has indeed left the building - or in this case, our solar system. After a bit of hemming and hawing by NASA and others as to what exactly "leaving the solar system" actually meant, it's now officially recognized that it has become the little space probe that could. Pretty mind-blowing, if you think about it, that Voyager is now in interstellar space still carrying it's gold-plated disc of sounds and images from the old home planet.
"In leaving the heliosphere and setting sail between the stars, Voyager has has joined the other historic journeys of exploration such as the first circumnavigation of the Earth or the first footprint on the Moon," said Voyager project scientist Ed Stone.
"This historic step is even more exciting because it marks the beginning of a new era of exploration for Voyager: the exploration between stars."
TheRegister 


 

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