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NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft enters an unexplored region of space: The Magnetic Highway

NASA's Voyager 1 is the most far-flung object ever launched, having spent the last 35 years putting upwards of 11-billion miles between itself and the Sun, soaring through space at speeds approaching 11 miles per second. Now, the Agency reports that Voyager has entered an entirely new region of space at the fringes of… »12/04/12 8:20am12/04/12 8:20am

NASA says the Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered into an unprecedented region of space

Voyager 1 has been steadily working its way out of the solar system, and it now appears to have entered into a completely new region of space. NASA says it'll only be a matter of time before the spacecraft exits the solar system completely, becoming the first human-made object to enter interstellar space. »6/15/12 12:20pm6/15/12 12:20pm

NASA's Voyager 1 has reached the very fringes of our solar system, and is preparing to leave for good

When NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1977, its primary mission was to explore Jupiter and Saturn, the largest planets in our solar system. On November 16, 1980, the spacecraft captured this photograph of Saturn from a distance of just 5.3-million kilometers. »12/08/11 4:30pm12/08/11 4:30pm

NASA's IBEX Ready to Measure the Edges of Our Solar System

A NASA mission to measure and study the mysterious edge of the solar system is underway this week. The Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) is one of the low-cost "Small Explorers" missions - it can study the termination shock area of our solar system without even leaving Earth's orbit. How will it manage that? By… »10/20/08 10:40am10/20/08 10:40am

Does the New Shape of the Solar System Prove Vernor Vinge is Right About the Galaxy?

By now you've probably heard the news about our solar system not quite being the shape that everybody thought. A study in Nature today shows results gathered from the two Voyager space probes launched in the 1970s, which are both nearing the edge of the heliosphere, the region where the solar winds end and deep space… »7/02/08 3:00pm7/02/08 3:00pm