Thursday, September 12, 2013

It's Official! Voyager 1 Reaches Interstellar Space

A spacecraft from Earth has left its cosmic backyard and taken its first steps in interstellar space.

After streaking through space for nearly 35 years, NASA's robotic Voyager 1 probe finally left the solar system in August 2012, a study published today (Sept. 12) in the journal Science reports.

"Voyager has boldly gone where no probe has gone before, marking one of the most significant technological achievements in the annals of the history of science, and as it enters interstellar space, it adds a new chapter in human scientific dreams and endeavors," NASA science chief John Grunsfeld said in a statement. "Perhaps some future deep-space explorers will catch up with Voyager, our first interstellar envoy, and reflect on how this intrepid spacecraft helped enable their future."

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Voyager Reaches Interstellar Space

After decades of exploration, Voyager 1 reaches a historic milestone for mankind--interstellar space. Learn how the team discovered the craft had reached the space between the stars.

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Message to Voyager: Welcome to Interstellar Space

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Wil Wheaton, Carl Sagan's son and others share messages to the Voyager 1 spacecraft.

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NASA News Conference Today to Discuss Voyager Spacecraft

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA will host a news conference today at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT), to discuss NASA's Voyager mission. It is related to a paper to be published in the journal Science, which is embargoed until 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT).

The briefing will be held at NASA Headquarters in Washington and air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.
During the news conference, the public may send questions via Twitter to #AskNASA.
For NASA TV streaming video, scheduling and downlink information, visit: .

For information about the Voyager mission, visit:

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Voyage - Songs from the Voyager Golden Record

»Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F. First Movement, Munich Bach Orchestra, Karl Richter, conductor. 4:40
»Java, court gamelan, "Kinds of Flowers," recorded by Robert Brown. 4:43
»Senegal, percussion, recorded by Charles Duvelle. 2:08
»Zaire, Pygmy girls' initiation song, recorded by Colin Turnbull. 0:56
»Australia, Aborigine songs, "Morning Star" and "Devil Bird," recorded by Sandra LeBrun Holmes. 1:26
»Mexico, "El Cascabel," performed by Lorenzo Barcelata and the Mariachi México. 3:14
»"Johnny B. Goode," written and performed by Chuck Berry. 2:38
»New Guinea, men's house song, recorded by Robert MacLennan. 1:20
»Japan, shakuhachi, "Tsuru No Sugomori" ("Crane's Nest,") performed by Goro Yamaguchi. 4:51
»Bach, "Gavotte en rondeaux" from the Partita No. 3 in E major for Violin, performed by Arthur Grumiaux. 2:55
»Mozart, The Magic Flute, Queen of the Night aria, no. 14. Edda Moser, soprano. Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Wolfgang Sawallisch, conductor. 2:55
»Georgian S.S.R., chorus, "Tchakrulo," collected by Radio Moscow. 2:18
»Peru, panpipes and drum, collected by Casa de la Cultura, Lima. 0:52
»"Melancholy Blues," performed by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven. 3:05
»Azerbaijan S.S.R., bagpipes, recorded by Radio Moscow. 2:30
»Stravinsky, Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky, conductor. 4:35
»Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Prelude and Fugue in C, No.1. Glenn Gould, piano. 4:48
»Beethoven, Fifth Symphony, First Movement, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, conductor. 7:20
»Bulgaria, "Izlel je Delyo Hagdutin," sung by Valya Balkanska. 4:59
»Navajo Indians, Night Chant, recorded by Willard Rhodes. 0:57
»Holborne, Paueans, Galliards, Almains and Other Short Aeirs, "The Fairie Round," performed by David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London. 1:17
»Solomon Islands, panpipes, collected by the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service. 1:12
»Peru, wedding song, recorded by John Cohen. 0:38
»China, ch'in, "Flowing Streams," performed by Kuan P'ing-hu. 7:37
»India, raga, "Jaat Kahan Ho," sung by Surshri Kesar Bai Kerkar. 3:30
»"Dark Was the Night," written and performed by Blind Willie Johnson. 3:15
»Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in B flat, Opus 130, Cavatina, performed by Budapest String Quartet. 6:37

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