Launched In 1977 From Cape Canaveral, Voyager 2 Probe Finally Leaves Solar System

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New Horizons will leave solar system around 2040

ABOVE VIDEO: In the late summer of 1977, NASA launched the twin Voyager spacecraft. These remote ambassadors still beam messages back to Earth 40 years later, with data from their deep space travels.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (EXTREME TECH) – Humanity first left the solar system in 2012 when the Voyager 1 probe passed into interstellar space decades after leaving the planets behind.

Now, there’s a second spacecraft beyond the limits of our solar system: Voyager 2.

Luckily, Voyager 2’s instruments are in somewhat better shape than Voyager 1’s, so scientists were able to observe the transition from the heliosphere, which is dominated by the sun, to the interstellar medium (ISM).

Both Voyager probes launched in 1977, with Voyager 2 heading into space a few weeks before Voyager 1.

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The approximate positions of Voyager 1 and 2.

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