Nasa denies report that Voyager left solar system
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) space agency on Wednesday denied a claim made in a scientific study that its Voyager 1 spacecraft had left the solar system, describing the report as "premature".
Scientists are eagerly awaiting signs that the craft, which was launched in 1977 on a mission to study planets, has become the first man-made object to leave the boundaries of our solar system.
A scientific paper that purported to describe this departure appeared on the American Geophysical Union's web site.
It said Voyager 1 "appears to have travelled beyond the influence of the Sun and exited the heliosphere", or the magnetic bubble of charged particles that surround the solar system.