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It’s Official: Voyager 1 is an Interstellar Probe

After a 35-year, 13-billion mile journey, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft become the first human-made object to reach interstellar space, new evidence from a team of scientists shows.

“It’s kind of like landing on the moon. It’s a milestone in history. Like all science, it’s exploration. It’s new knowledge,” long-time Voyager scientist Donald Gurnett, with the University of Iowa, told Discovery News. Read more

Kraft to NASA: Get Out of this Solar System

During a powerful interview with the Houston Chronicle this week, NASA’s first manned spaceflight director Chris Kraft gave his unabashed opinion about the current state of NASA and its future plans. Read more.

Starship Congress: A Very Human Interstellar Journey

It can be hard to justify the need to explore interstellar space, but on Aug. 15-18 nearly 200 interstellar scientists, engineers, astronomers, historians, economists, architects, artists, anthropologists and enthusiasts descended on Dallas, Texas, for the first Starship Congress, a meeting organized by the non-profit organization Icarus Interstellar, to explore the possibility. Read more…

Tau Ceti e: Another Interstellar Target?"Tau Ceti is about 12 light-years away, and with the right instrumentation, we will be able to make a spectroscopic analysis of the atmospheres of planets there," Gilster said. "If we discover a biosignature indicating life is present, this will clearly make such a planet a priority for any future probes. A probe like this could get into space in the next two decades if funding emerges."

As we discover more and more exoplanets, it seems that it’s only a matter of time until we find a world with similar characteristics to Earth. But would there be a demand to send a probe there? Discovery News had a fascinating chat with co-founder of the Tau Zero Foundation to find out more.