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Voyager: “We are approaching the solar system’s final frontier”

Fri 22 June 2012, 5:11pm

Here’s a short informative video from Science at Nasa on the indications that Voyager 1 is about to enter into the vastness of interstellar space.  (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Space, remember, is very very big.

And on that note, because I can, here again is some wondrous time-lapse video of the night-sky above the ESO Very Large Telescope array [VLT], in Chile, from NikoBustos. [Video credit: ESO/José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org)]

Or even this [Video credit: ESO/S. Guisard (www.eso.org/~sguisard) ESO/José Francisco Salgado (josefrancisco.org)]

And, of course, the Milky Way is just one galaxy among many

And here’s a quick zoom through images from the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field towards UDFy-38135539, the most distant galaxy ever detected.  [Video credit: A. M. Swinbank and S. Zieleniewski, Music: movetwo.]

 

 

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Comments (8)

  1. articles (profile) says:

    Hi Pete

    re Voyager 1 (and the rest) fascinating but I’m not quite clear on one point which can best be expressed in human interest terms.

    If Voyager 1 was manned would our intrepid astronaut

    be looking forward to going beyond the final frontier
    be terrified of what might lie ahead and recasting their will
    be more or less clueless as to what might be beyond

    In other words would those who have a faith in God be praying for the astronaut right now

    What do you think?
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  2. Pete Baker (profile) says:

    articles

    You’d need to ask someone with a faith in a god.

    Which, of course, would take us onto an entirely different topic than that of the original post.

    But after 30-odd years in that particular tin-can, our intrepid astronaut would be lucky to still be alive. Or sane.

    In other words, your questions are not dependent on whether or not someone is a supernaturalist.

    Still. What would Odin do? ;)

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  3. articles (profile) says:

    Thanks Pete

    It might help if I phrased the Q another way.

    Has Voyager 1 got a shelf life after after the final frontier? What will be effect of entering interstellar space?

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  4. Pete Baker (profile) says:

    “Has Voyager 1 got a shelf life after after the final frontier?”

    Well, according to the mission website

    The Voyagers have enough electrical power and thruster fuel to operate at least until 2020.

    “What will be effect of entering interstellar space?”

    Who knows? We’ve never been there before…

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  5. joeCanuck (profile) says:

    We’ve never been there before…

    Except we might have come from there. Well, primitive life, maybe.

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  6. babyface finlayson (profile) says:

    articles
    Star Trek has taught us that Voyager, or Vger continues on its journey gathering a vast amount of knowledge, eventually returning home to earth where it will give up its data to a baldy woman.
    Hope that helps.

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  7. articles (profile) says:

    Thanks Pete

    So if it was manned our astronaut would be c*******g his or herself and those here on earth who believe in an Almighty would be praying for them. Phew got there in the end.

    Thanks Babyface

    Que? Why would Sinead O’Connor be the chosen recipient of this vast amount of data? Are you suggesting she has the storage space up top?

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  8. joeCanuck (profile) says:

    Given the state of computer storage technology when these craft were launched, I doubt that they are storing much, even any, data other than temporary storage before transmitting the data.

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