Voyager-1 enters new region at the edge of the solar system

04.12.2012

 

Automatic interplanetary probe Voyager-1 has entered a new region at the edge of the solar system and will be released after crossing into interstellar space. ITAR-TASS referring to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA.


In the border region of the solar system magnetic field lines of the Sun are connected to the magnetic field lines of interstellar space. Scientists believe that the region where is passes Voyager, within our planetary system, since the direction where the magnetic field lines is the same as in other areas on the path of the probe. It is assumed that when the unit will go beyond the solar system, the direction of the magnetic field change. So far, the Voyager-1 is still in the solar system, but this is the last part of his journey into interstellar space.

Voyager-1 was launched into space in 1977. During this time he was moving at a speed of 17 kilometers per second, broke away from the Sun to 18 billion kilometers. Probe to be the first civilization in the spacecraft that went beyond the solar system into interstellar space. Voyager-1 overcame a few billion miles more than its "twin" Voyager-2. He is the messenger of mankind, flown away record is far from the home planet. For 35 years, the probes took pictures of Jupiter and Saturn, and also allowed the scientists to learn more about Uranus and Neptune.

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