Don't Forget To Write: Voyager One Becomes First Man-Made Object To Leave The Solar System

December 9, 2011


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.

Voyager 1 becomes first man-made object to taste galactic space [dvice]

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!!

  • Cat

    "...first man-made object to leave the solar system?" Not exactly.

    Pioneer 11 left the solar system in 1990, and according to this press release from NASA it was the fourth spacecraft to do so at the time.

    The newsworthy tidbit about Voyager 1 is that "for the very first time, Voyager's instruments have...  begun to detect gusts of charged particles blowing... back towards our sun" whereas previously it had only registered solar wind emitting outward from the sun.

  • Doris M.

    Voyager was launched long before the TV series was even conceived, so, no, it's not a namesake. It was launched in 1977 and so has been exploring our solar system for 34 years. I'd say that's getting your bang for the buck in space exploration. I was 13 at the time....

  • Sweet! And in another thousand years, Voyager will collide with God, setting up the inevitable meeting between the enlightened debris and a shiny-assed Bending unit.

  • rikster81

    voyager was a good series, it had 7 of 9, man was she hot

  • That guy

    Voyager was a terrible show.

  • V-E-G-E-R here we come!

  • o_oli

    So it's 11 billion miles away now, and in 2020 it will be 12.5 billion miles away? How long has it been going so far/why has it slowed down? Or am I missing something. 

  • Charles Whelan

    Voyager's instruments have also begun to detect gusts of charged particles blowing in the opposite direction, back towards our sun.

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