NASA’S VOYAGER 1 spacecraft is preparing to leave the solar system three decades after it was launched with its twin craft Voyager 2.
The two were initially launched to explore the outer areas of the solar system, but as their operating capabilities continue to work well and radio contact with mission control has been sustained for longer than expected, the probes are to continue their journeys.
Voyager 1 is now in a kind of “cosmic purgatory” on the cusp of leaving the solar system and has entered uncharted territory between our solar system and interstellar space, according to NASA.
However, it could take from months to years more for the craft to fully enter interstellar space.
In pictures: Some of the dramatic space images captured by the Voyager craft: