OK, Voyager Has Definitely Left Solar System: NASA
And it's the first man-made object to have ever done so
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 12, 2013 2:11 PM CDT
This artist rendering released by NASA shows NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft barreling through space.   (AP Photo/NASA)

(Newser) – The Voyager 1 has officially become the first man-made object to cross out of the solar system and into interstellar space—no, really this time. After a series of mistaken and controversial reports, NASA today published a study concluding that the probe definitively crossed the threshold of charged particles and magnetic fields that marks the edge of the Sun's influence sometime last August, Space.com reports. Researchers figured that out based on measurements Voyager recorded from a recent solar eruption. "We literally jumped out of our seats," the lead researcher says.

"Voyager has boldly gone where no probe has gone before, marking one of the most significant technological achievements in the annals of the history of science," NASA's science chief boasted in a statement. "Perhaps some future deep-space explorers will catch up with Voyager, our first interstellar envoy, and reflect on how this intrepid spacecraft helped enable their future."

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winterfairy
Sep 13, 2013 3:36 AM CDT
" The Voyager 1 has officially become the first man-made object to cross out of the solar system and into interstellar space—" great excuse for another tax payer paid party complete with thousands of dollars worth off booze.
People_Suck
Sep 12, 2013 10:55 PM CDT
I said the same thing right before I had my first colonoscopy.
BrushMan
Sep 12, 2013 7:40 PM CDT
Big whoop. Earth's solar system is the tiniest speck of dust in a universe with billions of dust clouds. We have ventured to the edge of our little speck.