Voyager I reaches edge of solar wind
January 19, 2011 12:00 AM Subscribe
The Voyager I spacecraft, 33 years into its mission, "has outrun the solar wind" and is exiting the solar system.
posted by LobsterMitten (70 comments total)
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This nice article explains what this means, and has a bunch of wonderful details and interviews with the original mission scientists.
The announcement about the solar wind was made a month or so ago, and the "exiting" is taking place over a few years, so it's not like a "mark this date in your calendar" scenario. I'm posting it mainly because I really enjoyed this particular article on it. The article is by Frank Roylance of the Baltimore Sun, and it gave me the good old sense of wonder.