Voyager 1 Set To Leave Solar System After 35 Years

Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists aren't sure what to expect, but they think it's nearing interstellar space.In 1977, Jimmy Carter moved into the White House, "Star Wars" and "Saturday Night Fever" premiered in theaters and the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral to explore the outer solar system.

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  • Overview | Our Solar System – NASA Solar System Exploration
    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft—currently exploring the an icy region beyond Neptune called the Kuiper Belt—eventually will leave our solar system. Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 also will ultimately travel silently among the stars. The spacecraft used up their power supplies decades ago.
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