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Voyager leaves solar system for interstellar -

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EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has become the first man-made object to leave the solar system.

Launched in 1977, its mission was to study the planets but the probe has now travelled 19 billion kilometres and crossed into interstellar space.

Scientists say the probe is so far from the sun that it's now detecting particles from distant stars.

The craft is carrying spoken greetings from planet Earth and a collection of music in case it's found by intelligent life forms.

Scientists say that Voyager will continue to send data for at least another decade from outside the solar system.