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NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles (19 billion km) from our sun. New and unexpected data indicate Voyager 1 has been traveling for about one year through plasma, or ionized gas, present in the space between stars.

This artist's concept depicts NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space, or the space between stars. Interstellar space is dominated by the plasma, or ionized gas, that was ejected by the death of nearby giant stars millions of years ago.  The environment inside our solar bubble is dominated by the plasma exhausted by our sun, known as the solar wind.

The interstellar plasma is shown with an orange glow similar to the color seen in visible-light images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope that show stars in the Orion nebula traveling through interstellar space.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Mind boggling distances' and it's just one solar system...
 
Are we sure this time?

I mean really sure?

Finally really sure this time for reals?!
 
^
I thought the debate over when exactly is it going to reach interstellar space is still raging on ( apparently it might cross over any moment to maybe in a few decades )
 
Great, some satellite that was launched over 3 decades ago has made it beyond our solar system yet we can't create a mobile phone with technology that lasts more than 2 years.
 
Voyager was built for the long haul. Your phone was not!
 
Phones can last more than two years.  It's just that marketing doesn't want you to realize it ;)

Not sure if I'd want a phone with Voyager's data transfer rate anyway :p
 
Satellites are not only made to last, but once they're in space it is quite sterile. The most dangerous aspect of space travel, short of re-entry, is launch. Plus, I don't believe there are any reaction wheels to vibrate or create friction. I could be wrong.
 
How many bars signal can you get at 12 billion miles?
 
At what point do we start calling this Vger?
 
And isn't saying when do 'Vger meets Kirk and Spock' messing with the time field potentials here? Or was that alreaDY S.N.A.F.U. when the screenplay was written??? Hrrmmm?
 
+NASA, a thought occurs to me; does the gold disk on the probe make Voyager send out a signal if it's removed? 
 
I'm so happy this happen in my life time, amazing 
 
+wiegeabo kilijabob that,s why voyager is still travelling how strange ? Been fooled for a long time by  Nasa  but evryb loves it pathethic .
 
NASA in order to put a space craft in space you should say that there is god (allah)
 
This is awesome! Now we just need to find some sort of faster-than-light method. Or a nuclear-powered rocket, either one :)
 
+Eric Orlaska you have it backwards.  Motorola, Apple, Samsung, etc, can design a phone to last only two years before the consumer needs to come back to them for a replacement, but due to the slow speed of interplanetary (and now interstellar) travel, NASA was forced to buy the hardware just twice, with no hardware upgrades possible.
 
Good work people, are we going to land on a comets? 
 
i wish it can return to give more info of how it is out in the deep space.
 
Its truly great that Man made things is there where we just imagine!
 
What is mean by interstellar space.
 
More specifically in the context of the article, it's the realm in which an artifact's immediate region is dominated by the plasma from dead stars, rather than the plasma given off by Sol.
 
Though a big thing,but still much more to go.
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