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Old 21 March 2013, 01:05 AM
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Default Voyager 1 has entered a new region of space, sudden changes in cosmic rays indicate

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WASHINGTON – Thirty-five years after its launch, Voyager 1 appears to have travelled beyond the influence of the Sun and exited the heliosphere, according to a new study appearing online today.

http://www.agu.org/news/press/pr_arc.../2013-11.shtml


Ladies and gentlemen, the Voyager has left the solar system, I repeat, the Voyager has left the solar system.
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Old 21 March 2013, 01:10 AM
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How much longer now until it looks like this?

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Old 21 March 2013, 01:44 AM
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I believe that's Voyager 6 you're looking at.
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Old 22 March 2013, 09:55 AM
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It seems as though half the researchers disagree with that as a definitive indicator and would like to see more data, and a change in the magnetic field direction around Voyager, before declaring this (somewhat arbitrarily).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21866532


And XKCD today points out that it's happened 17 times (by his count) already:

http://xkcd.com/
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Old 26 March 2013, 04:05 PM
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Coincidentally, xkcd's related What If? blog today tackled whether it would be possible to get Voyager back.
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Old 27 March 2013, 12:52 AM
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And XKCD today points out that it's happened 17 times (by his count) already:

http://xkcd.com/1189/
But drew 22 marks.
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Old 27 March 2013, 01:33 AM
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I miscounted...
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Old 27 March 2013, 02:28 AM
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I'm not sure you did. He only listed 17 in the alt text of the image.

ETA: Actually, 16. Weird.
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Old 13 September 2013, 04:27 AM
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Borg NASA says its Voyager 1 probe has become first spacecraft to leave the solar system

NASA's Voyager 1 probe has left the solar system, boldly going where no machine has gone before. Thirty-six years after it rocketed away from Earth, the plutonium-powered spacecraft has escaped the sun's influence and is now cruising 11 1/2 billion miles away in interstellar space, or the vast, cold emptiness between the stars, NASA said Thursday.


http://www.startribune.com/politics/...223499631.html
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Old 13 September 2013, 04:32 AM
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Old 13 September 2013, 04:55 AM
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http://www.nbcnews.com/science/where...yet-8C11142403
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"It's a very fine point, and many people don't realize the Oort Cloud is in interstellar space and it's considered part of the solar system," Veronica McGregor, JPL's news chief, wrote during a Reddit AMA chat session. "We knew many media would make the error, and we tried to make it clear in interviews. ... None of our materials say we've exited the solar system."
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The article about this in the Seattle Times referred to Voyager 1 as the "little spacecraft that could."

It's certainly made it farther than anyone originally thought it would.

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My first thought as well!
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I loved Shatner's tweet about this.

http://tweetwood.com/WilliamShatner/...27472451375104

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How come the vastly powerful, information-gathering entity that Voyager became in the first Star Trek film couldn't figure out it had a little schmutz on its nameplate, and its name was really "Voyager" rather than "V'ger"?
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Because the engraved plaque did not include the phrase "Cleanliness is next to Godliness"?
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How come the vastly powerful, information-gathering entity that Voyager became in the first Star Trek film couldn't figure out it had a little schmutz on its nameplate, and its name was really "Voyager" rather than "V'ger"?
Ever tried to read the tag on a shirt that you are wearing?
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I know what the license plate on my car is, even when it's dirty.
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And XKCD today points out that it's happened 17 times (by his count) already
Because the boundary of our solar system is, at best, rather ill defined and honestly more close to completely arbitrary. There's dozens of various definitions as to where exactly our solar systems ends and most of those various definitions rely on data that we are making educated guesses on.

Voyager hasn't even come close to reaching the Oort Cloud yet which is generally thought of as part of the Solar System.
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I know what the license plate on my car is, even when it's dirty.
You're ahead of me, there. I know the first letter (B) and the last three figures (57F), but the other three(?) always escape me. I rarely need to write down my plate number so I've never bothered to memorize it.

Tell me, do you know your cell phone number? I know a lot of people who have to look it up on their phones.

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