First step poster, a precursor to an interstellar probe.
Credit: John’s Hopkins APL

New ideas for an interstellar probe are percolating. Ambitious science and strategic plans are being formulated for the fastest flight ever out of our solar system, almost six times faster than the milestone making Voyager 1 spacecraft.

With the goal of reaching 90 billion miles from the Sun, this robotic explorer would push the limits of engineering know-how and space technology.

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A Wild ‘Interstellar Probe’ Mission Idea Is Gaining Momentum

By Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist

January 9, 2019 06:54am ET

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