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Voyager 1 Reaches Interstellar Space

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#31    Merc14

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 12:20 AM

A little off-topic but took my 7 year old to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum last weekend so he could get a look at the Voyager Development Test Model hanging from the ceiling.  His interest has been piqued with all the news about the craft leaving the solar system and being able to see a "real voyager" was a great learning experience.

Believing when there is no compelling evidence is a mistake.  The idea is to withhold belief until there is compelling evidence and if the universe does not comply with our predispositions, okay, then we have the wrenching obligation to accommodate to the way the universe really is.  - Carl Sagan

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 02:16 AM

View PostSundew, on 12 September 2013 - 09:37 PM, said:

I know Chuck Berry had a recording on the "golden record" but I don't believe Elvis did, which is too bad because you could've said, "Elvis has left the Solar System!"

Anyway, hope the data keeps coming in for as long as the power lasts.
Maybe someday someone, something will reprogram it like on Startrek.. That'd be cool!


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 02:30 AM

View PostAsadora, on 13 September 2013 - 04:39 PM, said:




Voyager 1 and its camera:

"Voyager 1 took its last image (the "Solar System Family Portrait" in 1990), the cameras were turned off to save power and memory for the instruments expected to detect the new charged particle environment of interstellar space. Mission managers removed the software from both spacecraft that controls the camera. The computers on the ground that understand the software and analyze the images do not exist anymore. The cameras and their heaters have also been exposed for years to the very cold conditions at the deep reaches of our solar system. Even if mission managers recreated the computers on the ground, reloaded the software onto the spacecraft and were able to turn the cameras back on, it is not clear that they would work."  [http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/faq.html]

It is wonderous to image if Voyager's camera was still operational just what kind of pictures it would send back. Even if it was just a pale blue dot, just like ours - truly fascinating!  
Now we let us all hope for the same success for Voyager 2 !

I'm only one year older than both Voyager's but I'll never live as long to see as much as they already have. God speed, Voyagers, God speed!

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It'll probably outlive Humanity.. It won't work, but it'll probably go on forever!
Which is a mad thought!!
Imagine.. there could be lots of 'Voyager's' out there' sent from different planets
from different parts of the Universe at different times by Aliens?


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 02:39 AM

View Postmoonshadow60, on 16 September 2013 - 06:42 PM, said:

And then it heard a loud voice from outside our universe, singing a very loud song.  Did you hear that on the news last night?  It was wonderful.  The sound of interstellar space.  Maybe someday my spirit will soar there and hear it, if spirits can hear.
Or travel fast enough!!
Very thought provoking though?


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 02:39 AM

View PostSomethings Not Right, on 09 October 2013 - 02:30 AM, said:

It'll probably outlive Humanity.. It won't work, but it'll probably go on forever!
Which is a mad thought!!
Imagine.. there could be lots of 'Voyager's' out there' sent from different planets
from different parts of the Universe at different times by Aliens?

So cool that I have had similar thoughts and my young son said the same thing (other planets in the Goldilocks zone sending Voyagers) after spending a lot of time watching videos and visiting the space centers.

Believing when there is no compelling evidence is a mistake.  The idea is to withhold belief until there is compelling evidence and if the universe does not comply with our predispositions, okay, then we have the wrenching obligation to accommodate to the way the universe really is.  - Carl Sagan

Who is more humble, the scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us or somebody who says everything in this book should be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of the human beings involved in the writing of this legend - Carl Sagan

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 02:43 AM

View PostSomethings Not Right, on 09 October 2013 - 02:39 AM, said:

Or travel fast enough!!
Very thought provoking though?

Compared to what we know now and where our tech is, 100 years ago we would be crazy science fiction.  I flew faster than the speed of sound almost daily for a few years in the 80's and I got to meet the guys that lost friends learning how to do it.  Awe inspiring to grow up during transitions and meet the pioneers.

Believing when there is no compelling evidence is a mistake.  The idea is to withhold belief until there is compelling evidence and if the universe does not comply with our predispositions, okay, then we have the wrenching obligation to accommodate to the way the universe really is.  - Carl Sagan

Who is more humble, the scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us or somebody who says everything in this book should be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of the human beings involved in the writing of this legend - Carl Sagan




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