NASA’s Voyager 2 is about to break out of the Solar System

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NASA's Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft have been cruising through space since 1977. For the past forty years or so they've been speeding along at a clip of over 30,000 miles per hour, and while Voyager 1 has been in what is considered interstellar space — that is, outside the Solar System — for a little while now, Voyager 2 is only just approaching that incredible milestone.

In a new update, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory explains that Voyager 2 recently sent back data that suggested it was being bombarded with more cosmic rays than it was used to. This is the same thing that happened to Voyager 1 when it finally broke out of our system's heliosphere, which is the "vast bubble around the sun and planets dominated by solar material and magnetic fields," according to NASA.

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