— Mercury 7 astronaut Scott Carpenter, in the 1962 book “We Seven.” Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth, died today at 88 (source)
for-all-mankind asked: Technically, Voyager 1 left the Solar System last August, based off the data that was reviewed. There have been announcements before that it left, but it was based off of purely speculatory information. Today's announcement stands on solid science fact from the new data received and studied in the last year.
This is true. The data today is solid, and reviewed. What I meant is that it has left the edge of Pluto’s orbit, the outer asteroid belt, the heliosphere, the heliopause, and on any number of occasions the science editor of a newspaper was likely to tell us this news. Thanks for keeping me on my toes all-mankind (by the way, Voyager is awesome as shit, so don’t think I was getting down on it. Probably our greatest piece of space engineering coming from a man with a framed picture of John Young.)