If it’s really true, and Voyager 1 has really left the Solar System, then Starfleet will be very pleased.

Science & Space

Updated 1:51 p.m.

It was a threshold crossed in the deepest reaches of space: A spacecraft launched from Earth has now entered new and unexplored territory that may or may not be outside our solar system. A press release issued at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday morning by the American Geophysical Union noted that Voyager I had exited our solar system, sparking excitement in the scientific community.

But just a few hours later, the AGU stood down from its initial announcement that the 35-year-old craft had exited the solar system and instead clarified its location. The substance of the findings that precipitated the announcement remains the same, but the headline of the release has been changed, according to an e-mail the AGU sent out at 1:28 p.m.:

CORRECTED — Voyager 1 has entered a new region of space, sudden changes in cosmic rays indicate

NASA, which quickly denied the original report, sees…

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