Sunday, August 5, 2012

Voyager 1 Reaches Edge of Solar System


Signs Changing Fast for Voyager at Solar System Edge

Voyager 2 to Switch to Backup Thruster Set This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath, the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

August 03, 2012 Two of three key signs of changes expected to occur at the boundary of interstellar space have changed faster than at any other time in the last seven years, according to new data from NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft.

For the last seven years, Voyager 1 has been exploring the outer layer of the bubble of charged particles the sun blows around itself. In one day, on July 28, data from Voyager 1's cosmic ray instrument showed the level of high-energy cosmic rays originating from outside our solar system jumped by five percent. During the last half of that same day, the level of lower-energy particles originating from inside our solar system dropped by half. However, in three days, the levels had recovered to near their previous levels.
MORE: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-225&cid=release_2012-225&msource=12225

Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

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