The voyager has reached the perimeters of the solar system, what’s past that

The Voyager Spacecraft, originally launched in 1977, is finally able to depart our solar system, based on leading experts.

The latest data established from the probe indicates that it’s presently at the very edge of our solar infrastructure, which puts it at some 18.5 Billion km from Earth. Because of the extraordinary distance, Voyager’s readings now take 17 hours to arrive.

If the craft lastly does leave our solar system, Voyager would be the first man made ship ever to try and do so.

In 2004, the craft reached an area of space known to scientists as a heliosheath. It is probable that this would be the final point of the solar system, however it turned out not to be the case. Now, almost a decade later, the craft’s readings are signifying the fateful moment may finally be drawing near.

Actually, the evidence is so compelling that some specialists have argued that Voyager is by now beyond the boundaries of our space. Professor Bill Weber of New Mexico State University believes that, due to numerous changes within the craft’s readings (particularly with regards cosmic ray intensity) Voyager has by now left the solar system for pastures new.

“We’re in a brand new region. And everything we’re measuring is different and exciting.” He said.

NASA scientist Dr. Ed Stone, who’s worked within the Voyager project since the very launch, holds within the concept that the craft has yet to exit our solar system. “It could be any day, but it could also be quite a few more years” he says.

It’s believed that Voyager can’t be considered to have left the sun’s domain until it has escaped our star’s magnetic influence. Dr. Stone thinks that there’s still evidence of the influence within the craft’s readings.

It’s estimated to take at the least several months before an official announcement is made on the subject one way or the other.

What is clear is the Voyager is nearer to limitations of our solar system than ever in the past.

“The edge may be somewhat turbulent. We just don’t know,” Dr Stone said. “This is exploration in the end”

The Voyager Spacecraft was designed to record data for those other planets in our solar system, before finally heading out into outer space itself. It completed its initial planetary survey in 1989 and has been wandering through space since then. Its plutonium power resources will finally die out in 10-15 years, after which period it’ll cease to transmit data and easily drift into the mysterious.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21866532

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23075332

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