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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft is now flying through the stars

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft is now flying through the starsVoyager 2, at 11 billion miles from Earth, has entered the stars.  Monday morning NASA announced that the legendary exploration spacecraft had left a protective bubble produced by the sun's wind and energy, called the heliosphere, and is now hurtling through interstellar space.  Voyager 2 is the second spacecraft to ever reach the outer limits of the solar system and enter into the interstellar wilderness. Voyager 2's counterpart, Voyager 1, previously entered the stars in 2012.  "This is what we've all been waiting for," Suzanne Dodd, NASA's Voyager project manager, said in a statement. "Now we’re looking forward to what we’ll be able to learn from having both probes outside the heliopause.” The @NASAVoyager 2 probe no longer feels the solar wind & is flying through the interstellar space between the stars. It carries a working instrument providing 1st-of-its-kind observations of the nature of this gateway. Here's a look by the numbers: t.co/DuNBYPaXQj #AGU18 pic.twitter.com/GJGIgDpSHD — NASA (@NASA) December 10, 2018 Technically, however, Voyager 2 is still in the distant realms of the solar system. There are large icy objects out here, collectively known as the Oort Cloud, that are still under the gravitational influence of the sun.  Both Voyager crafts, then, aren't expected to leave the solar system anytime soon. NASA suspects it will take some 30,000 years for the Voyagers to travel beyond the Oort Cloud, and enter farther into uncharted territory.  Out beyond the heliopause, however, the Voyager craft can give NASA scientists a better idea of what it's like at the beginnings of interstellar space, and how the sun's particles and energy, or solar wind, interact with the constant flow of particles from deep, interstellar space. "To have the Voyagers sending back information about the edge of the Sun’s influence gives us an unprecedented glimpse of truly uncharted territory,” Nicola Fox, director of the Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters, said in a statement.  The solar system and beyond.Image: NASAA specialized instrument aboard Voyager 2, the Plasma Science Experiment, played an important role in confirming that Voyager 2 had left the protective heliosphere. The instrument observed a "deep decline" in solar particles after Nov. 5, 2018, confirming the craft had entered the interstellar realm.  Both Voyagers were intended to explore the solar system for five years, but 41 years later, are still alive and sending messages back to Earth. The spacecraft are powered by slowly-decaying radioactive material, so they're not reliant upon sunlight to stay online.  The spacecraft both carry records coated in gold, with instructions of how to play 90 minutes of human-made music, containing the likes of Bach, The Najavo, and the scintillating rock and roll of Chuck Berry — should any intelligent life ever come across either of the ancient craft in the vastness of interstellar space.  WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?



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Verizon cuts 10,000 workers through buyouts as part of restructuring

Verizon cuts 10,000 workers through buyouts as part of restructuringUS telecomm group Verizon announced Monday it would slash its workforce through a voluntary buyout plan as the company strives to better position itself for the coming of new cellular technology. Verizon accepted 10,400 employees for the buyout, which will grant more than a year’s salary plus a bonus and other benefits, the company said in a statement. “These changes are well-planned and anticipated and they will be seamless to our customers,” Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said.



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Imagining a school shooting through the gunman’s eyes: Sandy Hook Promise releases chilling new video

Imagining a school shooting through the gunman’s eyes: Sandy Hook Promise releases chilling new videoA chilling new public service announcement, released Monday by the gun violence prevention organization Sandy Hook Promise, depicts the moments leading up to a school shooting from the shooter’s perspective.



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Trump Scorched Over Tweet Bashing Obama For Burning Through 'Chief Of Staffs'

Trump Scorched Over Tweet Bashing Obama For Burning Through 'Chief Of Staffs'Twitter followers piled on President Donald Trump after unearthing his 2012



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Ukraine says will send naval ships through Kerch Strait soon

Ukraine says will send naval ships through Kerch Strait soonMINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's defense ministry warned Russia on Friday that it will soon send navy ships through the Kerch Strait where Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels two weeks ago.



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Rudy Giuliani Calls Getting Trump Through Robert Mueller's Questions 'A Nightmare'

Rudy Giuliani Calls Getting Trump Through Robert Mueller's Questions 'A Nightmare'The process of getting President Donald Trump to answer special counsel Robert



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Here's how long it takes a Lego head to pass through your body

Here's how long it takes a Lego head to pass through your bodyDiscovering that your kid has swallowed Lego is pretty annoying as a parent, but these researchers did the same thing in the name of science.



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Tijuana authorities seek help as sickness spreads through migrant camp

Tijuana authorities seek help as sickness spreads through migrant campTijuana’s authorities are increasingly concerned about the spread of diseases in the city, as 5,000 members of the migrant “caravan” camp in temporary shelters, awaiting the chance to apply for asylum in the United States. The government of Baja California – the state in which the Mexican border city lies – has treated hundreds of migrants for respiratory infections and other ailments. On Friday they reported treating 818 respiratory infections and providing 1,286 general medical consultations to members of the migrant caravan, who are living inside a converted sports centre in downtown Tijuana. Inside the shelter, Paula Cortes, 21, and her family huddled around a 2-year-old baby Isaac, who lay feverish, listless and covered with blankets. “He’s very, very sick,” said Ms Cortes, speaking to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I’m too worried right now but they won’t send a doctor in here. They told us to take him outside to the medical tent.” Juan Manuel Gastelum, the mayor of Tijuana, pictured with his San Diego counterpart, Kevin Faulconer. Mr Gastelum says the federal authorities in Mexico City are not doing enough to help Tijuana Juan Manuel Gastelum, mayor of the border city, has declared a humanitarian crisis and appealed to the United Nations for help. He has also criticised the Mexican government for not doing enough, accusing them of “categorically omitting and not complying with their legal obligations.” He added: “So, we’re now asking them, and international humanitarian aid groups, to bring in and carry out humanitarian assistance.” The Mexican government has talked about sending 20 tons of resources to Tijuana to help, but Mr Gastelum pointed out that 15 tons of that consisted of materials to reinforce the border and only five tons were for the migrants. A migrant girl arriving in Tijuana Manuel Figueroa, who leads the city's social services department, said Tijuana was bringing in portable toilets and showers, as well as shampoo and soap. "Because of the absence, the apathy and the abandonment of the federal government, we are having to turn to international institutions like the UN," he said. Some of the migrants staged a small demonstration at the city's Chaparral border crossing on Thursday, and a few dozen spent the night there. Police cordoned off the streets around the crossing on Friday, slowing the border traffic, but by the evening the migrants had returned to the shelter after the authorities warned them they risked deportation.



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Searchers Rake Through California's Camp Fire Hellscape, Counting The Dead

Searchers Rake Through California's Camp Fire Hellscape, Counting The DeadThe now-infamous Camp fire continues to burn throughout northern California,



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Calabasas evacuated as wildfire rages through hills of Southern California

Calabasas evacuated as wildfire rages through hills of Southern CaliforniaAffluent California neighborhood Calabasas evacuated as firefighters work to contain wildfire blaze.



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