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Voyager Statement About Solar Wind Models [merged]

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NASA Voyager Statement About Solar Wind Models

A paper recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters describes an alternate model for the interaction between the heliosphere -- a “bubble” around our planets and sun -- and the interstellar medium. It also proposes a test for whether Voyager 1 has, indeed, left the heliosphere.

NASA's Voyager project scientist, Ed Stone of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, responds:

"It is the nature of the scientific process that alternative theories are developed in order to account for new observations. This paper differs from other models of the solar wind and the heliosphere and is among the new models that the Voyager team will be studying as more data are acquired by Voyager."

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When Voyager became the first man-made object to leave the solar system in 2012, scientists hailed it as a ‘milestone’ and the beginning of an incredible new journey.

The probe, which was launched in 1977 to study the outer planets in our solar system, was thought to have drifted almost 12 billion miles (19 billion km) from Earth.

But now experts believe last September’s celebrations (it took a year to confirm the readings) may have been premature.

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