In March of this year, 35 years have passed since the Voyager 1 spacecraft has been sent into space, leaving its mission to leave our solar system and explore interstellar space. That was the original premise, but NASA admits that it has no idea if it was successful.
The probe is the furthest, still acting object sent into space by man. The NASA-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory claims that Voyager 1 has gone to completely unknown territories, but the original mission team questioned this claim, saying that Voyager 1 is still within the Solar System. Since that time, the debate has been steadily increasing, and more and more scholars are starting to take part.
This week saw new findings from researchers at the University of Maryland and Boston University suggest that Voyager 1 entered the interstellar space on July 27, 2012. NASA confirms that there are many contradictory theories about the location of the probe, but she admits that she has no idea where she may be at the moment.
The space agency explains that the discrepancies in opinion come from the way scientists define the boundaries of our solar system. They claim that the boundary defines the magnetic field of the Sun and call it a “solar bubble”. The area beyond the magnetic field of our star is what scientists consider to be interstellar space, which has its own magnetic field.
Launched in 1977, the Voyager 1 probe monitors the magnetic field emitted by the Sun. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory counted that the probe passing through the solar bubble to the interstellar space would notice a distinct change in direction. Meanwhile, scientists say that the rotation of the solar system and interstellar space is in the same direction, so the transition may not be noticeable.