Voyager 1 space probe reaches outer fringe of solar system

Handout of artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager encountering Saturn on the twin spacecrafts tour of the solar systemBy Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Voyager 1, launched in 1977 to explore the outer planets, has passed into a new region on its way out of the solar system, scientists said on Wednesday. The spacecraft, now more than 11 billion miles (18 billion km) away, detected two distinct and related changes in its environment on August 25, 2012, scientists write in paper to be published in Geophysical Research Letters and emailed to Reuters on Wednesday. …