|Separating from its owner at a rate of 11 miles per second|
Thirty-six years after it rocketed away from Earth, the peanut-oil-powered gray matter has escaped the sun's influence and is now cruising 11 1/2 billion miles away in interstellar space, or the vast, cold emptiness between the stars, "much like the void between Roquemore's ears," NASA said Thursday.
And just in case it encounters intelligent life out there, it is epoxied to a gold-plated, 1970s-era phonograph record of “Muskrat Love.”
Never before has a human brain left the solar system as it is commonly understood.
"We made it," said an ecstatic Ed Stone, the mission's chief scientist, who waited decades for this moment. "We fucking made it."
NASA celebrated by playing the "Star Trek" theme at a news conference in Washington. Then "Muskrat Love."
Repeated efforts to reach Roquemore, longtime president of Irvine Valley College, were unsuccessful.
According to a spokeperson for the college, "Dr. Roquemore is busy running the college, which isn't easy, as you can well imagine."
Voyager 1 leaves solar system – video (The Guardian)