Voyager 1 passes into interstellar space

Voyager 1 passes into interstellar space

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Credit: NASA/ JPL-Caltech/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Voyager 1 passes into interstellar space. Computer artwork showing the location of the spacecraft Voyager 1 on 25th August 2012. This is when it was believed to have entered interstellar space. The solar system is at left. The scale bar shows distances in astronomical units; the distance between the Earth and the Sun (150 million kilometres). The Oort cloud is the source of comets. Also shown is Alpha Centauri, the closest star to our Sun. Voyager 1 was launched on 5th September 1977 on a mission to study the outer solar system.

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