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Today’s the day! A new pale blue dot

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Where will you be at 10.27pm (UK time) tonight? The Cassini spacecraft will be somewhere behind Saturn. But it’ll be looking at Earth, at us. So we’d better make sure we’re looking back. And don’t forget to smile — you’ll be on camera. Cassini is going to snap a picture of Earth, taking advantage of [...]

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Voyager is in a new region of space, and now that place has a name

"Now, voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find"

Say hello to a brand new bit of the solar system, brought to you by that intrepid traveller Voyager 1: the heliosheath depletion region. Ok, the name’s not particularly catchy, but this is exciting news! Voyager launched over 35 years ago, but it was just before that anniversary last year that it entered this new, [...]

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What Voyager saw: a journey in photographs #scio13

On the plane to North Carolina. Clouds!

I spent this afternoon at a workshop on Rapid Media Prototyping, as part of ScienceOnline 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. So in the spirit of the session here is a rough and ready thing that I made… It’s a timeline of photos taken by both Voyager spacecraft on their trip through the outer solar system [...]

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Voyager 1 is still not out of the solar system

"Now, voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find"

Remember when I said back in October that Voyager 1 might have finally left the solar system? Well, it turns out that the spacecraft, which has been skirting the edge of the solar system for a long time now, is finding it difficult to say goodbye. According to scientists working on the mission, Voyager 1 [...]

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Voyager: a binary love story

Earth, as seen by aliens in millions of years, hopefully. This photograph is one of many on the Golden Record carried by both Voyager spacecraft. Credit: NASA

On its 35th birthday, the Voyager 1 spacecraft is a little closer to home than we had hoped it would be at this point. The Voyagers, 1 and 2, are right at this moment speeding away from us towards interstellar space. But a paper out in Nature today reports that, despite recently showing signs that [...]

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Life, Unbounded

Voyager Has Entered The Interstellar Medium

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                After many claims and statements over the past few years that Voyager 1, our most distant operating spacecraft, has ‘left the solar system’ (it hasn’t, as I explain here), it does now seem that as of August 2012 this extraordinary vehicle has entered the interstellar medium. This [...]

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Life, Unbounded

Voyager’s Exit To The Stars…In 17,000 Years

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Recent debates over whether or not the Voyager 1 spacecraft has ‘left the solar system’ typically leave out some critical details. The limits of the Sun’s particle radiation is not the physical edge of the contents of the solar system, but it is the point of changeover to the exceedingly tenuous atmosphere of matter and [...]

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Observations

Voyager 1 Returns Surprising Data about an Unexplored Region of Deep Space

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About the Voyager 1 spacecraft, this much is clear: the NASA probe has traveled farther than any other. Voyager 1 is now more than 18.5 billion kilometers from the sun—almost 125 times the distance between Earth and the sun. The spacecraft, one of two Voyagers launched by NASA in 1977, is truly in unexplored territory—so [...]

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Observations

Voyager 1′s Whereabouts: No News, but Plenty of Noise

Voyager 1 and the solar system

Tracking the location of the Voyager 1 spacecraft can be exhausting for a science journalist, and I can only imagine how confusing it gets for the interested reader. The relevant question pertaining to Voyager 1’s location is this: Has the venerable NASA spacecraft exited the heliosphere, the sun’s plasma cocoon in space, and crossed into [...]

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Observations

Top 10 Space Stories of 2012

Space shuttle Endeavour lands at LAX

Now that 2012 has really and truly been put to bed, let’s look at the year that was in space exploration and astronomy. My choice for #1 was a no-brainer: not only is spectacular science already rolling in, but the top space event of the year—the August landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars—also crossed [...]

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Despite Tantalizing Hints, Voyager 1 Has Not Crossed into the Interstellar Medium

Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 leaving the solar system

Voyager 1 is going, going … not quite gone. The well-traveled NASA spacecraft, launched in 1977, is headed out of the heliosphere, the fluctuating bubble in space inflated by plasma streaming outward from the sun. For years Voyager 1 has been closing in on the heliopause—the outer edge of the heliosphere—where the solar wind meets [...]

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NASA’s Voyager 1 Spacecraft May Not Be Near Edge of Solar System after All [Updated]

Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in relation to the solar system

It’s been a long, strange trip out of the solar system for NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, and it may be a bit longer still. Voyager 1, which launched 35 years ago today, has ventured farther from Earth than any other spacecraft in history. Voyager 1 is now 18.2 billion kilometers from Earth—so distant that it [...]

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