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first man-made spacecraft has officially left solar system
Open the champagne and congratulate neighbors: the first man-made spacecraft has officially left the confines of our solar system. More seriously, the space agency NASA is now confidently announced that the space probe “Voyager 1” left the solar system and entered into interstellar space where the gravitational forces of the Sun more than it will not be disturbed .
First suspicion that the machine is approaching interstellar space have appeared in the past year. Back in August 2012, many scholars have begun to argue that the “Voyager 1” left the system. And here the other day NASA officially confirmed this information.
“New and somewhat unexpected findings suggest that” Voyager 1 “for a year is in the ionized gas, or plasma – conditions that are inherent in interstellar space. At the moment the probe is in a transition region outside the solar bubble, where the impact forces of the Sun hardly marked “- reported to NASA.
The current position of “Voyager 1”
His journey beyond the solar system, “Voyager 1” started back in 1977 and became one of the first devices that have managed to fly past Jupiter, Saturn and beyond. Now, however, he became the first man-made object that is still able to leave our system.
Himself “Voyager 1” is based on a nuclear reactor, which should be good for another few years. Scientists at NASA hope that the probe will be able to provide scientific data for at least 2020. Some also point out that at economical approach (turning off some unnecessary equipment at the moment), this time can be extended for another few years. But even with this reactor simply can not produce enough energy to power the transmitter. After this point, “Voyager 1” will plunge into eternal sleep and continue their journey by inertia.
It should be noted that the probe on the skin of a golden plate containing pictures, audio and video materials from the earth, just in case, “Voyager 1” will find some extraterrestrial intelligence.
“Voyager 1” will retain the title of most distant from the Earth and the fastest moving man-made object in space, even though the recently launched (in 2006) NASA with a higher initial rate of research probe “New Horizons”.
After 40 000 light-years, “Voyager 1” will fly at a distance of about 1.6 light years past the star Gliese 445, unless of course up to this point it does not collide with something else, or if the earth takes to develop technology so that will allow the man to catch him and bring back to Earth as a museum exhibit. Let’s hope that sooner or later it will happen. Therefore, we do not say goodbye to you, “Voyager 1”, but only say good bye!
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