Rarefied interstellar gas fills space between stars in our galaxy and envelopes the Solar System. Since the late 1970s, scientists and engineers have been exploring ways to send what is called the “Interstellar Probe” into that region to learn about the Sun’s galactic neighborhood. The latest decadal solar and space physics survey report (2012) of the National Academies’ National Research Council included the Interstellar Probe on the list of “imperatives for ...

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