Voyager 1 Hits New Region at Solar System Edge

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Voyager 1 Hits New Region at Solar System Edge

ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2011)— NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region between our solar system and interstellar space. Data obtained from Voyager over the last year reveal this new region to be a kind of cosmic purgatory. In it, the wind of charged particles streaming out from our sun has calmed, our solar system's magnetic field is piled up, and higher-energy particles from inside our solar system appear to be leaking out into interstellar space.
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The data do not reveal exactly when Voyager 1 will make it past the edge of the solar atmosphere into interstellar space, but suggest it will be in a few months to a few years.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111205141802.htm

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Vastet wrote:ScienceDaily

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ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2011)— NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region between our solar system and interstellar space. Data obtained from Voyager over the last year reveal this new region to be a kind of cosmic purgatory. In it, the wind of charged particles streaming out from our sun has calmed, our solar system's magnetic field is piled up, and higher-energy particles from inside our solar system appear to be leaking out into interstellar space. ~ The data do not reveal exactly when Voyager 1 will make it past the edge of the solar atmosphere into interstellar space, but suggest it will be in a few months to a few years. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111205141802.htm

I don't know about the specific technology as far as fuel and communication as far as this probe. I am sure that the designers feel lucky that something didn't cause a cosmic traffic accident. Even with the shuttle orbiting a grain of sand has the potential of being catastrophic. I think every day that data comes back it is a boon for science.

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 one day closer to v'ger,

 

one day closer to v'ger, ladies and gentlemen.  one day closer to v'ger...

hoooly shee-yit!!!

 

 

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Brian37 wrote:Vastet

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ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2011)— NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region between our solar system and interstellar space. Data obtained from Voyager over the last year reveal this new region to be a kind of cosmic purgatory. In it, the wind of charged particles streaming out from our sun has calmed, our solar system's magnetic field is piled up, and higher-energy particles from inside our solar system appear to be leaking out into interstellar space. ~ The data do not reveal exactly when Voyager 1 will make it past the edge of the solar atmosphere into interstellar space, but suggest it will be in a few months to a few years. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111205141802.htm

I don't know about the specific technology as far as fuel and communication as far as this probe. I am sure that the designers feel lucky that something didn't cause a cosmic traffic accident. Even with the shuttle orbiting a grain of sand has the potential of being catastrophic. I think every day that data comes back it is a boon for science.

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I read about the probe en

I read about the probe en route a few days ago, too.  Pretty cool shit.

 

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Marven Martian "Give me my p-32 aluminum space modulator!"

Bugs Bunny, "Why, what are you going to do with it?"

MM, "I'm going to blow up the earth, it's blocking my view of  Venus"

Bugs Bunny, "Well, it's non of my business if you want to......BLOW UP THE EARTH?  HEY YOU CAN DO THAT, ALL MY FRIENDS LIVE DOWN THERE".

 

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