UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — NASA’s Voyager 2, launched in 1977 for a five-year mission, has become the second man-made spacecraft to continue its journey billions of kilometers from Earth, scientists said on Wednesday.
NASA said the data collected by the equipment aboard the spacecraft showed that it crossed the outer edge of the sun’s atmosphere, a protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields around the sun, by November 5.
The image of the probe on more than 18 billion kilometers of land is the region where hot solar wind collides with interstellar space.
“This is a very exciting time for Voyager, which began 41 years ago to explore the planets and now the atmosphere of the sun and interstellar space is now entering,” said Ed Stone, co-author of the Voyager project, based at the California Institute of Technology.
Voyager 2 was launched in 1977 16 days before the launch of the Voyager 1 probe, where the mission of the probes was to last for five years to study the large Jupiter and Saturn gas turbines. Their continued work allowed the probe to study the orbits of Uranus and Neptune as the two giant planets in the solar system.
The two probes carry a sound recording on a gold-plated copper disc for sounds, images and expressions of welcome in several languages that illustrate the diversity of life and culture in order to communicate with potential space objects that the two probes may meet.
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