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BBC: Voyager craft 'exits' Solar System
Voyager craft 'exits' Solar System
The Voyager-1 probe has left the Solar System, according to some scientists.
If confirmed, it would be the first man-made object to do so.
Launched in September 1977, the probe was sent initially to study the outer planets, but then just kept on going.
Researchers who have studied its data indicate it has now entered a realm of space beyond the influence of our Sun.
In related news, a number of geostationary satellites held a press conference requesting help from law enforcement agencies in order to recover missing articles which they'd loaned Voyager 1 and which they fear will not be returned.
"Everybody was gaga over 'Vee', that was the hotshot nickname he was using last time we saw him." explained ATS 3, a Hughes model satellite put into orbit by NASA in 1967. "'Hey, AT, can I borrow that silver Zippo. I'm going camping this weekend.' I figured 'Why not?' it's not like...like...."
"It's not like he's going to run off beyond the ecliptic!" interjected LES 8, another mid-70's vintage satellite. "Look, Vee and I were pals and he's not the kind of celestial hardware to go off and do something like this. Last time I saw him, he was talkin about some Spanish dancing girl he met. Talked about her eyes all the time. You ask me, she's the one behind this. If he's got that Spanish girl out beyond Pluto...well, I can kiss my favorite pocket knife goodbye. Gerald Ford gave that to me personally."
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