Voyager 1 on fast track toward interstellar space

More than 35 years after launch, the probe finally nears the solar system's edge

By Jessica Shugart, 12:19 PM June 27, 2013

The Voyager 1 space probe has merged into a newly discovered zone at the solar system’s edge, and scientists think the craft’s next destination could be interstellar space. Measurements from Voyager’s erratic transition, presented at a meeting in December (SN: 1/12/13, p. 17) and in the June 27 Science, reveal  that the probe no longer encounters particles emanating from the sun. But Voyager 1 still feels the effects of the sun’s spiral magnetic field. Voyager team scientists think this realm...

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