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Voyager Update - Where No Spacecraft Has Ever Gone Before!
News story originally written on September 26, 2000
The Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft have passed the orbit of Pluto
. So, they are headed for the boundary of the Heliosphere bubble. That boundary between the Heliosphere
and interstellar space is called the heliopause. When they pass the heliopause and enter interstellar space, they will be where no spacecraft has ever gone before! The Voyager probes
will probably reach the end of the heliosphere by ~2008. So, watch for the Voyager probes in the news!
Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were both launched in the summer of 1977. Their main mission was to explore Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
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