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“Even without the magnetometer data, the Voyager 1 data shows that it has gone through a huge barrier at the edge of the solar system. These guys are defining it based on their theory which requires a transition zone where the magnetic fields decouple. Maybe this is true. But the fact remains that the satellite has gone through a discontinuity in cosmic ray fluxes that is incredible. It is interacting with the boundary of the Solar System. I think that the data stand on their merit – something wonderful ( a line from the movie 2010) has happened”
Originally posted by michael1983l
reply to post by woogleuk
If I was given the opportunity I would happily board a space craft to explore the outer solar system/other solar systems even with the knowledge of never returning.
Originally posted by sonnny1
reply to post by phantomjack
Wouldn't it be nice, to have today's technology (2012), sending pictures back, as Voyager leaves?
I agree though, it is a blessing seeing what man can accomplish, when he isn't burdened down with Wars, hate, and alike. I am still surprised, that it has made it this far.
Originally posted by woogleuk
It will all turn to tears when it comes back in 200 years looking for its creator (and kills a few Klingons for good measure)
I think (without Googling), the boundary is where our stars wind no longer holds back the rest of the wind coming in from the rest of the galaxy...of course I could be wrong.
Just think though, if we develop a suitable means of propulsion, we might be able to go and recover it in a few decades.
Exciting times ahead.
Originally posted by TheGreatDivider
That's awesome. Just makes my mind wonder what it has seen and what it will see.
Originally posted by phantomjack
Voyager 1 data shows that it has gone through a huge barrier at the edge of the solar system.
Now this craft is on the outer reach of the Solar System -- or is it? Do we really know the outer boundaries of the SOL system?
"A total of 11,000 work years were devoted to the Voyager project through the Neptune encounter."
"Voyager 2 launched on August 20, 1977, from Cape Canaveral, Florida aboard a Titan-Centaur rocket. On September 5, Voyager 1 launched, also from Cape Canaveral aboard a Titan-Centaur rocket.
Both Voyager spacecrafts carry a greeting to any form of life, should that be encountered. The message is carried by a phonograph record - -a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. The contents of the record were selected for NASA by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan of Cornell University. Dr. Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds. To this they added musical selections from different cultures and eras, and spoken greetings from Earth-people in fifty-five languages.