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Voyager 1 enters new region of solar system, on verge of crossing over to interstellar space
AP via Washington Post ^ | December 3, 2012 | Associated Press

Posted on 12/03/2012 5:31:45 PM PST by John W

LOS ANGELES — The unstoppable Voyager 1 spacecraft has sailed into a new realm of the solar system that scientists did not know existed.

Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, have been speeding away from the sun toward interstellar space, or the space between stars.

Over the summer, Voyager 1, which is farther along in its journey, crossed into this new region where the effects from the outside can be felt.

“We do believe this may be the very last layer between us and interstellar space,” said chief scientist Ed Stone of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages the spacecraft.

Stone presented Voyager 1’s latest location at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

Scientists were surprised to discover the unexpected region at the fringes of the solar system — a testament to the mysteries of space.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: xplanets

1 posted on 12/03/2012 5:31:52 PM PST by John W
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To: John W

Rocket man, burning out his fuse up here alone


2 posted on 12/03/2012 5:34:08 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: John W

VIGER rules!

I miss Persis Kambatta.


3 posted on 12/03/2012 5:38:58 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: cripplecreek
William Shatner declaims "Rocket Man"
4 posted on 12/03/2012 5:43:01 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: cripplecreek
Rocket man, burning out his fuse up there alone

It must be very cool up there.
Mayhap it will outlast its originators.

I think it's gonna be a long, long time...

5 posted on 12/03/2012 5:44:29 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: John W

35 years and we are just now on the verge of interstellar space.


6 posted on 12/03/2012 5:50:33 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Why is the government more concerned about protecting a microbe on Mars than an unborn baby here?)
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To: John W

“They have dubbed this new zone a kind of “magnetic highway.””

Interesting - some sort of “edge effect” with the EM fields I suppose. Cool stuff.

Got me to thinking how much has changed since when they were launched in 1977:

Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 831
Average Cost of new house $49,300.00
Average Income per year $15,000.00
Average Monthly Rent $240.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 65 cents

The Apple II computer came out in 1977.

Also was the year the World Trade Center was completed.
(Hmm - I got to watch the Bi-Centennial celebrations from the 60th floor as a kid in 1976. I guess they were still touching things up).


7 posted on 12/03/2012 5:55:14 PM PST by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Vger was the first thing I thought of when I saw the article.

I recently saw that movie again and everyone is right. It was a bad movie.

Persis Kambatta really was pretty, even bald. What ever happened to her?


8 posted on 12/03/2012 5:55:50 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

We’re capable of building considerably faster propulsion now. New Horizons could have catching up if the planets had been in the right positions for a gravitational slingshot. As it is its almost 25 AU from the sun now.


9 posted on 12/03/2012 6:01:45 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: All

Sitting up here watching all the lights blink down below... the earth is turning, why does it go so slow...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT-K5hQl834


10 posted on 12/03/2012 6:01:45 PM PST by Klemper
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To: yarddog

She’s dead, Jim.


11 posted on 12/03/2012 6:02:33 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: John W

I think we should find a way to retrieve one of the Voyagers. Would be cool to see it in a museum knowing it had been to the edge of interstellar space.


12 posted on 12/03/2012 6:07:28 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: John W
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13 posted on 12/03/2012 6:07:53 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Is that something! I’m thinking Ray Bradbury would be there with it at the edge.


14 posted on 12/03/2012 6:17:57 PM PST by Thebaddog (Obama won, we lost)
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To: John W

Will Voyager leave the Solar system completely or Obama leave the Constitution completely first? The race is on!


15 posted on 12/03/2012 6:21:51 PM PST by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: yarddog

In 1998, Khambatta was taken to the Marine Hospital in south Mumbai, complaining of chest pains. She died of a heart attack on 18 August 1998 at the age of 49.


16 posted on 12/03/2012 6:24:27 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: John W

I had no idea she was Indian. I always thought she was Persian.


17 posted on 12/03/2012 6:27:33 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Yardstick

Would that be possible? I was going to ask in all seriousness - does this mean the craft has traveled back in time?


18 posted on 12/03/2012 7:05:23 PM PST by dk88 (Outlaw)
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To: John W
"Stone estimated Voyager 1 still has two to three years to travel before reaching the boundary that separates the solar system from the rest of space."

I hear it's a white picket fence.

19 posted on 12/03/2012 7:08:36 PM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Yardstick

V*Ger will return on its own. I saw it on TV


20 posted on 12/03/2012 7:13:02 PM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: John W

I wonder if the signal will be able to make it through once it makes it out of this field area


21 posted on 12/03/2012 7:14:29 PM PST by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: cripplecreek

It is strange to think about that tiny little man-made object just trucking along so far out there in near nothingness. How many centuries will it keep on drifting through space before it encounters another object of any kind.


22 posted on 12/03/2012 7:14:29 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: TigersEye

61,000 kph.

New Horizons had potential for greater speed but is traveling at around 54,000 kph which is fine for getting a better look at Pluto on its way out.


23 posted on 12/03/2012 7:19:30 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

It will be a verrry long time before any of them come close to any known celestial objects. I suppose there might be some stray rocks out there not tethered to any gravitational field but the chances those vehicles hit one must be (ahem) astronomically small.


24 posted on 12/03/2012 7:29:01 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Vger

25 posted on 12/03/2012 7:33:44 PM PST by jaz.357 (Welcome to hell. Here's your accordion.)
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To: cripplecreek

Roughly calculated, the probe is going ~120x the speed of a pistol bullet.


26 posted on 12/03/2012 7:34:40 PM PST by sauron ("Truth is hate to those who hate Truth" --unknown)
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To: TigersEye
Even in the relatively dense asteroid belt the average distance between roids is around 1 million miles. The craft won't reach the theoretical Ort cloud for thousands of years.

I believe the caft is a bit inside the inner orbit of Sedna.

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27 posted on 12/03/2012 7:35:16 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: sauron

Haulin donkeys.


28 posted on 12/03/2012 7:36:29 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

“Rocket man, burning out his fuse up here alone”

So that’s what Reggie Dwight is singing?


29 posted on 12/03/2012 7:37:30 PM PST by Cyman
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To: cripplecreek

Wow! Amazing. I thought the Oort cloud was part of the solar system? I had no idea the Oort cloud was that far out.


30 posted on 12/03/2012 7:43:48 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: KevinDavis; annie laurie; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks John W.
 
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31 posted on 12/03/2012 8:03:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Blood of Tyrants; cripplecreek

No, 40 years and we finally know the words to the song Rocket Man.

Traveling away from the Earth at the speed of light, the Aliens intercepted the signal and finally figured it out.

Then they sent a Tweet to Cripplecreek and we all know now!


32 posted on 12/03/2012 8:03:54 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (As they say in China, erections have consequences...)
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To: jaz.357

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/algoof.wav


33 posted on 12/03/2012 8:59:24 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: yarddog
Here's a circa-Ms.-India Persis:
34 posted on 12/03/2012 9:33:46 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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