Monday, August 6, 2012

Voyager 1 prepares to leave our solar system after travelling eleven-billion miles during 35-year journey

On the same day NASA makes a historic encounter with Mars, one of Man's earliest rockets is setting it's own truly historic record.

In the last week, Voyager 1, which floated into the heavens in 1977, has signalled it has passed two of the 'key changes' expected when it passes out of the furthest fringes of our solar system - a staggering 11,100,000,000 miles away.

This is the furthest distance any man-made object has ever travelled - and on July 28th, it's long and arduous journey was broken by cosmic changes.

The data received from the Voyager, which travels at six miles an hour, on July 28th showed a five per cent spike in the level of high-energy cosmic rays.

This implies the Voyager is moving out of the heliosheath - the 'protective bubble' around the solar system created from charged particles from the sun. Read More