Has Voyager discovered a new region of space?
|Science Recorder Pro|
|Free trial. No ads. Exclusive interviews. Access to all articles. Just $19.99/yr. Subscribe|
Voyager 1 is on its way to becoming humanity’s first-ever interstellar spacecraft. Having spent more than 36 years flying through space and, in that time, traveled more than 11 billion miles from Earth, the spacecraft is advancing toward the outer point where the sun’s radiation gives way to the cosmic-ray particles of deep space.
NASA launched Voyager 1 and its sister spacecraft, Voyager 2, in 1977 and sent them en route to Jupiter, Saturn, and the other outer planets. Voyager 1 extensively surveyed Jupiter and Saturn, in the process discovering volcano’s on Jupiter’s moon Io and providing intricate close-up photography of Saturn’s rings. Voyager 2, meanwhile, explored Uranus and Neptune.