According to NASA scientists, the long-haul Voyager 1 spacecraft is still in our solar system but could enter into interstellar space in the near future. Interstellar space is the space between two stars. Once Voyager 1 travels beyond the solar system, the study on the interstellar space will start, said mission scientist Leonard Burlaga.
Voyager 1 was launched in 1977 to visit planets and thereafter it was sent on a trajectory toward interstellar space. This year, the space craft is about 11.5 billion miles from the sun and the nuclear-powered spacecraft have enough fuel to operate their instruments until around 2020, reported CNN.
Though, the spacecraft received data has shown an abrupt increase in the magnetic field strength, but there was no change in the direction of the magnetic field lines, thereby indicating it has not yet exited the solar system.
The recent research papers published online in the journal Science inform that according to the data from Voyager 1 spacecraft, it is expected that the interstellar space can through up ‘strange’ properties of the interseller space.
According to researchers, in its present position, Voyager 1 has detected low-energy charged particles were zipping outside, while high-energy cosmic rays from interstellar space streaming inward. Leonard Burlaga expected a time lag between when Voyager 1 finally sails into interstellar space and when the team of mission scientists would confirm the event after the study and analysis of the data received from the craft.