NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, which toured the outer solar system in 1979, has officially entered interstellar space and is now more than 19 billion kilometers from our sun, nearly 130 times farther away than our planet. An announcement today from NASA scientists confirms that the probe has entered a region of space that is outside our sun’s electromagnetic influence.

You might recall the many previous times that this farthest-out spacecraft has been suspected of venturing out into the stars, leading many to wonder if NASA is simply crying wolf again. But an analysis of data from the machine’s plasma wave sensor suggests that Voyager 1 in fact reached interstellar space more than a year ago, in August 2012.

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(Source: Wired)

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    Science blows my mind well out of our solar system. Yay to Voyager 1!
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    VGER! This time we leave a memo for the 23rd century OK?
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