Voyager has probably exited our solar system. I wanna see aliens.
For science geeks
|by Anonymous||reply 40||10/14/2012|
You couldn't find a link that wasn't a freeper vermin infestation? Bunch of fucking bigots who can't even comment on this without shitting on Obama and Muslims.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||10/06/2012|
Sorry, I didn't notice the comments. My home town paper.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||10/06/2012|
How is it able to keep on sending data back? What kind of antenna does it have?
|by Anonymous||reply 3||10/06/2012|
a fantastic one!
|by Anonymous||reply 4||10/07/2012|
[quote]How is it able to keep on sending data back? What kind of antenna does it have?
There are three radio telescope arrays, one in California, one in Spain, and one in Australia, that handle communications for any probe in deep space.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||10/07/2012|
Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||10/07/2012|
This won't go well...
|by Anonymous||reply 7||10/07/2012|
Coincidence? I think not.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||10/07/2012|
What do you need Voyager for to see aliens?
Just come to Arizona.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||10/07/2012|
Voyager has cameras on it, but NASA turned them off.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||10/07/2012|
When does it start going by its drag name "V'Ger"?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||10/07/2012|
And of course the right-wing bigots are turning the comments section over there into an anti-muslim hate fest.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||10/07/2012|
[quote]What kind of antenna does it have?
I bet Steve Jobs invented it!
|by Anonymous||reply 13||10/07/2012|
[quote]Voyager has cameras on it, but NASA turned them off
If that's true why would they turn them off?
|by Anonymous||reply 14||10/07/2012|
They exhaust the battery, R14. Voyager only has enough to operate less power-hungry instruments. As it is, even with these precautions, the battery should give out soon - only the inertia will propel the now insensate, dead hunk forward.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||10/07/2012|
Any pictures of Heaven yet?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||10/07/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 17||10/07/2012|
I love the fact that it far surpassed its usefulness and became the first, but hopefully not the last, man-made object to leave the solar system. Even those at NASA who were responsible for the design and launch were surprised that it was still going.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||10/07/2012|
[quote]I love the fact that it far surpassed its usefulness and became the first, but hopefully not the last, man-made object to leave the solar system. Even those at NASA who were responsible for the design and launch were surprised that it was still going.
The New Horizons probe is supposed to be out towards Pluto and the Kuiper Belt in a few years. It'll be heading out beyond the solar system eventually too.
Of course, since Voyager was built by NASA and not a subcontractor, who knows if New Horizons will have the stamina of the Voyager probes.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||10/11/2012|
I just hate it when my deep space probe loses stamina.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||10/11/2012|
We will never meet or have any contact with space aliens and all of this is outmoded thought. The distances are too great. The human race is alone in the universe and will be gone in a galactic nano second. No one will ever know us or what we have done. Our history will end as it began in silence and oblivion.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||10/11/2012|
R21= The world's worst party planner.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||10/11/2012|
R21 is correct when he says we'll never encounter aliens (the distances ARE too great and the odds too long) but I doubt that we are alone in the universe.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||10/11/2012|
[quote]we'll never encounter aliens
Unless they contact us first.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||10/11/2012|
"I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off."
|by Anonymous||reply 25||10/12/2012|
In parts of the galaxy where solar systems contain more than one inhabited planet those different races eventually meet. That must be weird.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||10/12/2012|
IRA FLATOW: Do the cameras - do Voyager's cameras still work?
ED STONE (NASA's chief scientist on the Voyager mission): No. We turned those off after we took the portrait of the solar system. Voyager 1 took that image back on Valentine's Day in 1990. And then we shut down all the cameras and other instruments which are there to look at planets, because we knew there would be no more planetary encounters. And we needed the space in these little tiny computers, which have only 8,000 words of memory, to better use the memory for the mission to interstellar space.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||10/12/2012|
Probably a silly question, but why not install solar panels for additional power? It's gotta be flying by other bright stars out there in the cosmos.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||10/12/2012|
"...only the inertia will propel the now insensate, dead hunk forward..."
That's no way to speak of my wedding night!
|by Anonymous||reply 29||10/12/2012|
R28 Voyager was launched from earth before solar panels were a viable option
|by Anonymous||reply 30||10/12/2012|
I heard the voyager was picked up by some space junk collectors and given to one of their off springs to keep them quiet.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||10/12/2012|
[quote]Probably a silly question, but why not install solar panels for additional power? It's gotta be flying by other bright stars out there in the cosmos.
That deep in space, you'd have a hard time telling the sun from any other bright star. Here's a picture that shows the sun's relative appearance from all of the planets.
The next brightest star is Alpha Centauri, and at subluminal velocities, it would take about 50000 years to get there.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||10/12/2012|
It's sad to think that we are alone like we are. Maybe it means we should focus on solve problems here on earth. The latest Mars expedition is a good example. There is NOTHING there, it's just a huge, lifeless Mojave Desert. There is no point in going there and the public has lost interest very fast since there are no Martians or ruins of ancient cities or Martian-made canals.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||10/12/2012|
|by Anonymous||reply 34||10/12/2012|
Bell flight 14 you now can land
See you on Aldebaran
Safe on the green desert sand
It's so very lonely
You're 2000 light years from home
|by Anonymous||reply 35||10/12/2012|
I LOVE shit like that, VotN at R32. Thank you!
|by Anonymous||reply 36||10/12/2012|
"the public has lost interest very fast since there are no Martians or ruins of ancient cities or Martian-made canals"
I don't think that's the case. We still don't know definitely whether there was every life on Mars. The public reaction to the recently-landed rover was notable, so I don't think the fervor has died out.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||10/12/2012|
[quote]I LOVE shit like that, VotN at [R32]. Thank you!
There's a reason why the zone of habitability (from about 75% to 125% the Earth's distance from the sun) is called the Goldilocks Zone.
They've considered putting small nuclear reactors on probes to extend their useful range beyond what batteries and solar panels can do, but to my knowledge, it's never been done, mostly because the idea of having an accident during lift-off would be catastrophic. The Soviet Space Agency and NASA both built prototypes, but I don't think they ever actually flew.
Same reason we don't bury nuclear waste in space, even though that's arguably a better place for it than here on Earth.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||10/14/2012|
Not necessarily r26, intelligent life would evolve on the different planets at different rates. If two planets in the same solar system evolved intelligent life, I think the odds are against them existing and having technology at the same time. Humans haven't been around long and our technology is a danger to our long-term survival. More likely would be that an intelligent life form would find the remnants of a civilization on a neighboring planet.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||10/14/2012|