On December 3rd, 2012 Voyager reached a magnetic highway on the outer reaches of our solar system. Scientists believe that it will be the last area to cover before Voyager hits interstellar space. Voyager is still under the effects of our sun but it has reached a portion of the solar system called the heliosphere at the outer edge.
“Although Voyager 1 still is inside the sun’s environment, we now can taste what it’s like on the outside because the particles are zipping in and out on this magnetic highway,” said Edward Stone, Voyager project scientist based at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. “We believe this is the last leg of our journey to interstellar space. Our best guess is it’s likely just a few months to a couple years away. The new region isn’t what we expected, but we’ve come to expect the unexpected from Voyager.”
Voyage will be the first man made vehicle that spends time in interstellar space. The original mission was to study Jupiter and Saturn. After finding many interesting facts about each planet, they were sent farther into the solar system to Uranus and Neptune. They studied these planets and are still the only spacecraft to travel this far. The mission has currently changed and become the Voyager Interstellar Mission. Both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 will continue into deep space and send back readings to those at NASA.
The interesting facts that Voyager are reporting are growing our scientific knowledge by leaps and bounds. Voyager is the pioneer ship when it comes to travel in the Solar System. Who knows how long it will be before we can send another ship to do these kinds of studies. Voyager is now on it’s 35th year of travel. It has completed it’s mission and done more then NASA could ever hope for and will continue to do so for many years into the future.