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Voyager I 'This Close' To Leaving Our System

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2012 08:15:50 -0400
Archived: Sat, 16 Jun 2012 08:15:50 -0400
Subject: Voyager I 'This Close' To Leaving Our System

Source: The Atlantic


Jun 13 2012

Get Ready, Because Voyager I Is 'This Close' To Leaving Our
Solar System
Rebecca J. Rosen

Last week, in the corners of the Internet devoted to outer
space, things started to get a little, well, hot. Voyager 1, the
man-made object farthest away from Earth, was encountering a
sharp uptick in the number of a certain kind of energetic
particles around it. Had the spacecraft become the first human
creation to "officially" leave the solar system?

It's hard to overstate how wild an accomplishment this would be:
A machine, built here on Earth by the brain- and handiwork of
humans, has sailed from Florida, out of Earth's orbit, beyond
Mars, beyond the gas giants of Jupiter and Saturn, and may now
have left the heliosphere - tiny dot in the universe beholden to
our sun. Had it really happened? How would we know?

We're not quite there yet, Voyager's project scientist and
former head of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, Edward Stone, told me.
The spacecraft is on its way out - "it's leaving the solar
system" - but we don't know how far it has to go or what that
transition to interstellar space will look like.

[More at site... thanks to Diana Cammack for the lead]

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