I remember the exact moment about one year ago when I read that it was suspected that Voyager I had entered interstellar space. I freaked out, texting my friends and telling nearly everyone within a mile radius, “we may have left the solar system!”
Now, it has finally been confirmed by NASA that Voyager I has indeed left the solar system and entered interstellar space!!!
This may not seem as momentous as the Spanish conquistadors and explorers venturing to the Americas, but Voyager I, in my opinion, far exceeds most engineering and all exploration feats of all time (with the exception of the lunar landings). The impact of the spacecraft leaving the solar system may not be widely felt, as no humans are aboard the craft, but just imagine! We are the only known intelligent race, and we have sent a robot OUTSIDE of the solar system. Voyager I passed the planets, the asteroid belt, as well as the Oort Cloud… All thanks to incredible engineering. (Voyager I was launched in 1977, and was engineered for years before that. How is that for “old”, “antiquated” engineering?)
We have LEFT the solar system, the neighborhood we love so much, to discover and explore places that have never been explored before. Is this not amazing? We as a species are one step closer to the stars; slowly we are climbing the rungs to become a space-faring planet.
We have not only explored our own Earth and moon, but also our neighboring planets; now we are off into the great unknown. Who knows what we will discover?
Read more about Voyager I at the links below: