13 Sep '13, 5pm

NASA's Voyager 1 becomes the first human artefact to reach interstellar space, 12 billion miles from us

NASA's Voyager 1 becomes the first human artefact to reach interstellar space, 12 billion miles from us

Out of the neighborhood for good One of humanity's highest callings, in my opinion, is to better understand nature. That means studying the Earth, but also venturing out into the cosmos . And nothing has gone farther out into the black than Voyager 1, the NASA spacecraft launched 36 years ago. It's now about 12 billion miles (19 billion kilometers) from the sun, venturing for the first time into interstellar space , outside of our star's heliosphere .“Voyager has boldly gone where no probe has gone before, marking one of the most significant technological achievements in the annals of the history of science, and adding a new chapter in human scientific dreams and endeavors,” said John Grunsfeld, NASA’s associate administrator for science in Washington. “Perhaps some future deep space explorers will catch up with Voyager, our first interstellar envoy, and reflect on how thi...

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