One Third of a Century Into an Interstellar Voyage

NASA's Voyager 1 Sees Solar Wind Decline En Route To Interstellar Space

"The 33-year odyssey of NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached a distant point at the edge of our solar system where there is no outward motion of solar wind. Now hurtling toward interstellar space some 10.8 billion miles from the sun, Voyager 1 has crossed into an area where the velocity of the hot ionized gas, or plasma, emanating directly outward from the sun has slowed to zero. Scientists suspect the solar wind has been turned sideways by the pressure from the interstellar wind in the region between stars."

- @Voyager2 Sister ship Voyager1 is 16 hrs 07 mins 24 secs of light-travel time from Earth
- @Voyager2 Adjusting my sun sensor bias to better point my High Gain Antenna at Earth: AACS:AC7SSB 3+000 SS BIAS CONTROL PITCH
- @Voyager2 I am currently 13 hrs 08 mins 04 secs of light-travel time from Earth

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This page contains a single entry by Keith Cowing published on December 13, 2010 8:35 PM.

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