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This artist's rendering provided by NASA shows the Voyager spacecraft. Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars. Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will leave the solar system and enter a new realm of space -- the first time a man-made object will have escaped into interstellar space.

NASA's Voyager 1

Photos of the Voyager 1 spacecraft

This artists rendering provided by NASA shows the
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This artists rendering provided by NASA shows the Voyager spacecraft barreling away from the sun. Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 is poised to cross into interstellar space.

This image provided by NASA shows the Earth
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This image provided by NASA shows the Earth as a dot in a solar system portrait taken by Voyager 1. Launched in 1977, the twin spacecraft are exploring the edge of the solar system. Voyager 1 is poised to cross into interstellar space.

This image provided by NASA was taken by
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This image provided by NASA was taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft. It shows a volcanic plume on the Jupiter moon Io. Launched in 1977, the twin spacecraft are exploring the edge of the solar system. Voyager 1 is poised to cross into interstellar space.

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This artist's rendering provided by NASA shows the
(Credit: AP)

This artist's rendering provided by NASA shows the Voyager spacecraft. Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars. Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will leave the solar system and enter a new realm of space -- the first time a man-made object will have escaped into interstellar space.

This artist's rendering provided by NASA shows the
(Credit: AP)

This artist's rendering provided by NASA shows the Voyager spacecraft. Launched in 1977, the twin spacecraft are exploring the edge of the solar system. Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 will leave the solar system and enter a new realm of space -- the first time a man-made object will have escaped to the other side.

This NASA file image obtained Aug. 9, 2002,
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This NASA file image obtained Aug. 9, 2002, shows one of the two Voyager spacecraft. Sept. 5, 2012, marks the 35th anniversary of Voyager 1's launch to Jupiter and Saturn. It is now flitting around the fringes of the solar system, which is enveloped in a giant plasma bubble.

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