The spacecraft was launched in 1977 on a mission to explore the outer planets of our solar system and to possibly journey into the unknown depths of outer space.
"This is the first time that humanity has been able to step outside of the cradle of the solar system to explore the larger galaxy,"
The precise position of Voyager has been fiercely debated in the past year, because scientists have not known exactly what it would look like when the spacecraft crossed the boundary of the solar system, and the tool on board that was meant to detect the change broke long ago.
However, US space agency scientists now agree that Voyager is officially outside the protective bubble known as the heliosphere that extends at least 13 billion kilometres beyond the planets in our solar system, and has entered a cold, dark region known as interstellar space.
Their findings have been published in the US journal Science. - Sapa-AFP
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