Voyager 1, best known for being named after the iffiest series in the Star Trek franchise (I assume), has left our solar system after traveling nearly 11-billion miles, becoming the first man-made object to do so. *standing around* Well?! One of you better be baking a f***ing cake.
For the very first time, Voyager's instruments have also begun to detect gusts of charged particles blowing in the opposite direction, back towards our sun. Where are these particles coming from? Whatever's out there in the space between the stars. Interstellar space, they call it, and it's what makes up most of our galaxy...
Voyager 1 should have enough fuel and propellant to continue traveling outwards (and sending back data) until at least 2020, by which time it'll be about 12.5 billion miles from us.
Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "About those idiots that drank the Kool-Aid hoping to zoom off in the spaceship behind Hale-Bopp?" Haha, yeah. It would've been cooler if they'd shot themselves out of a cannon.
Thanks to Jester, who also doubles as the king's food taster. OMG, you've got to try these mashed potatoes -- they're to die for. MWAHA MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!