Exploring the Outer Reaches: NASA's Interstellar Probe Mission

NASA is considering developing an interstellar probe to study the heliosphere and its interactions with the interstellar medium. This mission would provide invaluable data about the heliosphere's shape and the space environment beyond its boundaries, continuing the legacy of the Voyager spacecraft.


PTI | Michigan | Updated: 10-06-2024 11:22 IST | Created: 10-06-2024 11:22 IST
Exploring the Outer Reaches: NASA's Interstellar Probe Mission
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NASA is poised to embark on a groundbreaking mission, aiming to unravel the mysteries of the heliosphere and its interactions with the interstellar medium. The proposed interstellar probe would journey beyond the heliopause, collecting crucial data on plasma and magnetic fields, and imaging the heliosphere from the outside.

This mission comes on the heels of the legendary Voyager spacecraft, which crossed into interstellar space in 2012 and 2018. However, these aged probes, designed primarily for planetary study, lack the necessary instrumentation to thoroughly investigate the interstellar medium and the heliosphere.

With input from over 1,000 scientists, NASA's initial report suggests a trajectory 45 degrees away from the heliosphere's nose direction. This path would allow the probe to revisit parts of Voyager's path while exploring new space regions, thus providing a more comprehensive view of the heliosphere's shape and the largely unknown heliotail region.

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