NASA has made a big milestone in astronomical exploration this year. At last, we have a freely-moving spacecraft that, for the first time, has made its way out of our very own Solar System. Has it left us for good?
The Voyager 1 is officially the first man-made object to reach the interstellar space. The announcement has made its way a year after news broke that the space probe has left our solar system.
Surprisingly, Voyager 1’s original mission is not to wander the space of stars. But Voyager 1 was deployed to explore the colleagues of Earth which are part of the outer Solar System during a very rare planetary alignment. These planets were the giant Jupiter to the beautifully-ringed Saturn. It was launched in September 5, 1977.
After it explored the Jovian system in 1979 and the Saturnian system in 1980, the Voyager 1 has been left with an expanded mission. This additional mission was to study the boundaries of the outer heliosphere and to begin studying the interstellar medium. Again, it has accomplished its mission and unexpectedly, a bigger challenge is at hand.
On August 25, 2012, Voyager 1 has entered the interstellar space as confirmed by NASA. And now, a first of its kind, Voyager 1 will help our scientists to discover more of the outer world with the help of a man-made object. However, the estimated time before power will be finally gone is on 2025. That leaves us with roughly 12 years more. Voyager 1’s sister space probe which is Voyager 2 is on its way to follow her sister.