NASA’s deep space probe, launched 34 years ago, is finally entering the far edges of our solar system, just before entering the rest of the Milky Way galaxy. The Guardian reports:
Scientists at the US space agency said the craft had gone into a region at the edge of the solar system, describing it as “a kind of cosmic purgatory”.
Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, said: “Voyager tells us now that we’re in a stagnation region in the outermost layer of the bubble around our solar system … We shouldn’t have long to wait to find out what the space between stars is really like.”
Cosmic purgatory is such a gnarly phrase.