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In a Breathtaking First, NASA Craft Exits the Solar System

PASADENA, Calif. — The spacecraft’s technology is laughable by today’s standards: it carried an 8-track tape recorder and computers with 1/240,000th the memory of a low-end iPhone. When it left Earth 36 years ago, it was designed as a four-year mission to Saturn, and everything after that was gravy. But Voyager I has become — unexpectedly — the Little Spacecraft That Could. On Thursday, scientists declared that it had become the first man-made object to exit the solar system, a breathtaking achievement that NASA could only fantasize about back when it was launched in 1977, the same year that “Star Wars” was released. read more…

In a Breathtaking First, NASA Craft Exits the Solar System

PASADENA, Calif. — The spacecraft’s technology is laughable by today’s standards: it carried an 8-track tape recorder and computers with 1/240,000th the memory of a low-end iPhone. When it left Earth 36 years ago, it was designed as a four-year mission to Saturn, and everything after that was gravy.

But Voyager I has become — unexpectedly — the Little Spacecraft That Could. On Thursday, scientists declared that it had become the first man-made object to exit the solar system, a breathtaking achievement that NASA could only fantasize about back when it was launched in 1977, the same year that “Star Wars” was released.

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