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NASA Voyager 2 enters interstellar space, could become 'the only trace of human civilization'

2018-12-10 20:44
NASA announced on Monday (December 10) that the second of its two Voyager probes had entered interstellar space. Data obtained from Voyager 2 found that the spacecraft exited the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun, known as the heliosphere on November 5. Voyager 1 crossed the same boundary in 2012. Voyager Project scientist Dr. Ed Stone said that the two Voyagers crossed at different points of the heliosphere, giving scientists a variety of data to analyze. Suzanne Dodd, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Director for the Interplanetary Network Directorate, said the Voyagers are ageing, requiring scientists to turn off some onboard instruments to keep them operating. But she said she hoped they could go on for another nine years. Voyager 2 is currently 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) from Earth and information takes about 16.5 hours to travel from the spacecraft to Earth. DOWNLOAD HD 50FPS (MP4) ADD TO COLLECTION SHARE VIA EMAIL COPY LINK PRINT OPEN IN NEW WINDOW Date: 10/12/2018 19:36 Duration: 00:01:02 Edit No: 1199 Revision: 1 Copyright: (c) 2018 Thomson Reuters, unless otherwise identified. Full statement available at https://www.thomsonreuters.com/en/copyright.html Restrictions: Broadcasters: PART FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY / PART DO NOT OBSCURE LOGO Digital: PART FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY / PART DO NOT OBSCURE LOGO . For Reuters customers only. Source Format: HD Audio: NATURAL WITH ENGLISH SPEECH Locations: WASHINGTON DC, USA AND ANIMATION Source: AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION HANDOUT / NASA-JPL HANDOUT Topics: Science, Space Exploration Source News Feeds: Core News, Reuters Marketplace - Raw Video USN: WD9AD5KJR ID: tag:reuters.com,2018:newsml_WD9AD5KJR:1