Is our cute little space traveler finally leaving the nest?
This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down On Science.
It seems like only yesterday that twin spacecrafts Voyager One and Voyager Two were launched into space.
Now, says NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, just 35 years later, Voyager One is poised to leave the comforts of home.
Voyager One spent its youth playing around Jupiter and swinging through Saturn’s rings, and its rebellious teen years trolling around Uranus and Neptune. But now Voyager One is now approaching the edge of our solar system.
What is it seeing? So far, Voyager One has reported a spike in high-energy particles streaming in from outside our solar system, and a dip in lower-energy particles coming from inside our solar system.
Scientists predict that Voyager's magnetic field will change direction once it moves into interstellar space--the space where no man has gone before.
So long, Vee-ger, don't forget to write!
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