1. Post #1
    I'm halving my usage of math each week.. but, apparently I'll never be able to quit.
    Bradyns's Avatar
    October 2009
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    Good news everyone.

    With absolutely no attempt at hyperbole at all, it is fair to say that this is one of - if not the - biggest achievement of the human race.


    For, as we speak, an object conceived in the human mind, and built by our tools, and launched from our planet, is sailing out of the further depths of our solar system - and will be the first object made by man to sail out into interstellar space.


    The Voyager 1, built by Nasa and launched in 1977 has spent the last 35 years steadily increasing its distance from Earth, and is now now 17,970,000,000km - or 11,100,000,000miles - away, travelling at 10km a second.


    Indications over the last week implies that Voyager 1 is now leaving the heliosphere - the last vestige of this solar system.





    The Atlantic reports that the Voyager 1 - which is still managing to communicate with Earth with radio waves that reach us 16 hours later - is beginning to experience a bit of heat.


    It is detecting more energetic particles around it, implying it it at the very edge of the heliosheath, which is like a bubble around the solar system, protecting us from the cosmic winds of deep space.

    The Voyager entered the heliosphere in 2004


    According to The Atlantic, certain cosmic rays have a hard time entering the heliosphere, but as of last month, the sum of these slower particles increased by about 10 per cent.
    This does not necessarily mean we have crossed over - but it means we are getting close.



    Voyager scientist Edward Stone told The Atlantic: 'This is the first time any spacecraft has been there.


    'We're looking at our data every day - we listen to these spacecraft every day, for a few hours every day - to keep track of what's going on. ... It's very exciting from a scientific point of view, when you're seeing something that nobody's seen before.


    'Since nothing's ever been there before, we don't know what it will look like, which makes it a little hard to recognize "it" at all.
    'That's the exciting thing.'


    It will be hard to define when Voyager has left. It will not be a clean break - the molecules will thin out less, and there will be no wall or set boundary.
    What will the Voyager find out there? Probably close to an absolute vacuum, save for a few long-range comets which still orbit the sun.


    Scientists expect to see several telltale signs when Voyager 1 finally crosses the boundary including a change in the magnetic field direction and the type of wind.
    Interstellar wind is slower, colder and denser than solar wind.
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    This is a graph of [particles/sec] v [time]


    Voyager website:
    http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/where/index.html
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    Source:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...lar-space.html
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  2. Post #2
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    Brings new meaning to the phrase "to infinity and beyond."

    Hopefully, Voyager won't end up in the Delta Quadrant.
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  3. Post #3
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    July 2011
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    And now: we wait for aliens.
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  4. Post #4
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    June 2009
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    fucking sweet
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  5. Post #5
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    August 2008
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    take me with you voyager 1 :(
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  6. Post #6
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    June 2008
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    fuck yes, space.
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  7. Post #7
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    May 2011
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    The solar system is shaped like a cell?
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  8. Post #8
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    July 2008
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    Daily news must be the latest news source ever, there has been reports since a year ago that its coming close, but close to us and space is a big difference. Though they do expect it to pass by the time voyager dies
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    Take care, V'ger
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  10. Post #10
    I'm halving my usage of math each week.. but, apparently I'll never be able to quit.
    Bradyns's Avatar
    October 2009
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    It won't leave the suns gravitational well for 10's of thousands of years, but the particle count has now changed to what is expected in this environment, and the timed signal pulsation is giving us this distance approximation.
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  11. Post #11
    "You should see my penis, it puts a wookie to shame. its like a fucking front tail."
    Dysgalt's Avatar
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    Damn thing is a tough son of a bitch.
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    June 2009
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    Damn thing is a tough son of a bitch.
    I would love to think that thousands of years in the future we could catch up with it and bring it back home.
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    FuDy does not like science, apparently.
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  14. Post #14
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    July 2007
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    I'm rather worried that it's going to run into something unexpected when it breaks the heliopause and we lose contact with it.
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    It won't leave the suns gravitational well for 10's of thousands of years, but the particle count has now changed to what is expected in this environment, and the timed signal pulsation is giving us this distance approximation.
    For something to escape the gravitational influence of something it needs to go infinity distance away from that something, so, yeah, that's a bit silly to say.
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    LIVE LIKE A WINDRAMMER AS YOU FUCK
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    This is a pretty nice thing to read before you go to sleep
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  17. Post #17
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    For something to escape the gravitational influence of something it needs to go infinity distance away from that something, so, yeah, that's a bit silly to say.
    a gravity well is not the same thing as a gravitational influence

    it is absolutely something that can be escaped with enough energy. it's just another kind of potential well
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  18. Post #18
    I'm halving my usage of math each week.. but, apparently I'll never be able to quit.
    Bradyns's Avatar
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    For something to escape the gravitational influence of something it needs to go infinity distance away from that something, so, yeah, that's a bit silly to say.
    You know what I meant. -.-'
    When it is so far as to not call the Sun the primary gravitational source, and wanders around the Milky way.

    You won't see astrophysicists taking Alpha Centauri into account when launching a satellite around Earth -- because it's not the primary influence of gravity.
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  19. Post #19
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    Imagine it "pops" the heliosphere
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  20. Post #20
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    November 2007
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    what about voyager 2, no one ever talks about voyager 2
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  21. Post #21
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    January 2007
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    Imagine it "pops" the heliosphere
    dear god it'll be a catastrophe, all the space air will leak out
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  22. Post #22
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    Think about it for a moment: The Voyager is out in space, billions of miles away. Even Sol is just a small spot among the million stars dotting the void around it. It floats in silence, shrouded in pitch darkness, surrounded by literally nothing at all, getting further and further away from Earth, its place of creation, and it will never return. It will keep on moving, provided nothing gets in its way, even if it ceases to function and will be only a hunk of useless metal, maybe even when Earth and Sol exists no more. A single, cosmic statement that mankind exists.
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  23. Post #23
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    Imagine it "pops" the heliosphere
    We'll impregnate space and have to care for space's baby for the next trillion years.
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    Think about it for a moment: The Voyager is out in space, billions of miles away. Even Sol is just a small spot among the million stars dotting the void around it. It floats in silence, shrouded in pitch darkness, surrounded by literally nothing at all, getting further and further away from Earth, its place of creation, and it will never return. It will keep on moving, provided nothing gets in its way, even if it ceases to function and will be only a hunk of useless metal, maybe even when Earth and Sol exists no more. A single, cosmic testatement that mankind exists.
    good thing we didn't leave anyone in there

    that would be fucking terrifying even if you could get back safely

    the ultimate loneliness
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    Brings new meaning to the phrase "to infinity and beyond."

    Hopefully, Voyager won't end up in the Delta Quadrant.
    Yeah well maybe if Janeway knew how to set a FUCKING FUSE that show was terrible.
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  26. Post #26
    Dennab
    November 2009
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    Imagine it "pops" the heliosphere
    Somewhat related i just recently had a native american elder come in to one of my classes to talk about canada's history. She had no real idea what she was talking about (apparently columbus discovered canada in the 1800's!) and said we were destroying the earth by sending satellites poking holes in the ozone layer.
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    Yeah well maybe if Janeway knew how to set a FUCKING FUSE that show was terrible.
    Hell no Voyager was god damn awesome.
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    Daily news must be the latest news source ever, there has been reports since a year ago that its coming close, but close to us and space is a big difference. Though they do expect it to pass by the time voyager dies
    Better source: http://www.popsci.com/technology/art...rstellar-space
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  29. Post #29
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    August 2009
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    FuDy does not like science, apparently.
    he's a time traveler

    he knows that voyager 1 leaving the heliosphere will cause the apocalypse, however, he can only warn us via dumb ratings
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    Voyager, such a fitting name.
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    Dennab
    February 2007
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    You know what I meant. -.-'
    When it is so far as to not call the Sun the primary gravitational source, and wanders around the Milky way.

    You won't see astrophysicists taking Alpha Centauri into account when launching a satellite around Earth -- because it's not the primary influence of gravity.
    It's probably going to run close to a lone star somewhere and ignite.
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    Does the Voyage have the human texts and stuff on it? Like what some of our probes have that have like text in 12 different languages, pictures of Earth and our solar system etc?
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    It's probably going to run close to a lone star somewhere and ignite.
    It would be more likely for it to start orbiting that star than to burn up in the atmosphere, provided that it dosent happen to head straight for it.
    either that or it will use the star as a slingshot and end up moving faster than it was before it met the star.



    Does the Voyage have the human texts and stuff on it? Like what some of our probes have that have like text in 12 different languages, pictures of Earth and our solar system etc?
    Yes, Im not sure what else but I did hear there was stuff like that in here.
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    Dennab
    July 2009
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    Does the Voyage have the human texts and stuff on it? Like what some of our probes have that have like text in 12 different languages, pictures of Earth and our solar system etc?
    voyager 1 and 2 are the only probes with those...
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    35 years? We're gonna need some better rockets in the future.
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    voyager 1 and 2 are the only probes with those...
    Awesome, Just read about it on Wikipedia
    Each Voyager space probe carries a gold-plated audio-visual disc in the event that either spacecraft is ever found by intelligent life-forms from other planetary systems. The discs carry photos of the Earth and its lifeforms, a range of scientific information, spoken greetings from people (e.g. the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the United States, and the children of the Planet Earth) and a medley, "Sounds of Earth", that includes the sounds of whales, a baby crying, waves breaking on a shore, and a collection of Earth music, including works by Mozart and Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode".
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    Think about it for a moment: The Voyager is out in space, billions of miles away. Even Sol is just a small spot among the million stars dotting the void around it. It floats in silence, shrouded in pitch darkness, surrounded by literally nothing at all, getting further and further away from Earth, its place of creation, and it will never return. It will keep on moving, provided nothing gets in its way, even if it ceases to function and will be only a hunk of useless metal, maybe even when Earth and Sol exists no more. A single, cosmic testatement that mankind exists.
    This song started playing in my head while reading that.

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  38. Post #38
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    September 2011
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    I think Voyager 1 should have a copy of the Futurama theme. Maybe one day we could stumble upon a museum on an alien planet containing the disc. Also maybe a full episode, I want THAT future to happen.
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  39. Post #39
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    Dennab
    February 2011
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    "Uh yeah, this is what we pictured you to be.."

    "DIE HUMAN SCUM!"

    Humanity is wiped out after making a terrible mistake of how aliens look.
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    "Uh yeah, this is what we pictured you to be.."

    "DIE HUMAN SCUM!"

    Humanity is wiped out after making a terrible mistake of how aliens look.
    When was there ever a depiction of an extraterrestrial on the Voyager craft?
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