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Originally posted by nibiru
According to Google 10 000 days = 27.3790926 years
It's more about power source than electronics... Pioneers run out of power.
Originally posted by IntelRetard
They are still alive due to the 1960s technology utilizing solid state electronics.
We only planned to do one close flyby by Io — one day would give you 4,000 times the lethal dose of radiation, which is not very good for a spacecraft or electronics.
"The consensus of the team now is that Voyager 1, at 8.7 billion miles [14 billion kilometers] from the sun, has at last entered the heliosheath, the region beyond the termination shock," said the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's John Richardson, principal investigator of the Voyager plasma science investigation.
When the solar wind meets interstellar gas, a teardrop-shaped shock wave develops as it is slowed dramatically from an average speed of up to 1.5 million mph (700 kilometers per second). The solar wind, made of charged particles constantly streaming from the sun, becomes denser and hotter at that point.
Voyager 1 has sent back measurements of a stronger magnetic field at its current location. That indicates the solar wind speed has decreased, scientists said. The magnetic field does not gain overall strength, but it becomes more dense and so stronger at any given location.
The magnetic field in November 2003 had increased in strength 1.7 times compared with previous levels. In December 2004 it jumped another factor of 2.5 and has remained at this higher level until now.
"Voyager's observations over the past few years show that the termination shock is far more complicated than anyone thought," said NASA scientist Eric Christian.
The leading edge of the solar system, as it orbits the Milky Way, is called the bow shock. It resembles the ripples of water raised by the bow of a boat. Voyager 1 still has years to go before it crosses the bow shock.
Originally posted by Vajrayana
Voyager 1 still has years to go before it crosses the bow shock.
[edit on 25-5-2005 by Vajrayana]
Sanhain ...meaning, something is ever so slightly dragging on them, and they werent sure what it was. ...