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Edge of Solar System Filled with Bubbles, NASA Says
www.space.com ^ | 06 June 2011 Time: 05:16 PM ET | Staff

Posted on 06/07/2011 7:26:11 AM PDT by Red Badger

The edge of our solar system is filled with a turbulent sea of magnetic bubbles, according to new NASA research.

Scientists made the discovery by using a new computer model, which is based on data from NASA's twin Voyager probes. The unmanned Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, which launched in 1977, are plying the outer reaches of our solar system, a region known as the heliosheath.

The new discovery suggests that researchers will need to revise their views about the solar system's edge, NASA officials said. A more detailed picture of this region is key to our understanding of how fast-moving particles known as cosmic rays are spawned, and how they reach near-Earth space.

Cosmic rays are a threat to astronauts, as they can slam into spaceflyers' cells and damage their DNA. Earth's atmosphere attenuates cosmic rays, shielding folks on the ground from their worst effects.

NASA hasn't revealed many details about the new find. The space agency will hold a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday (June 9) to discuss it in more depth.

Participating in the teleconference are:

— Arik Posner, Voyager program scientist, Heliophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

— Merav Opher, assistant professor of astronomy, Boston University

— James F. Drake, professor of physics, University of Maryland

— Edward C. Stone, Voyager project scientist, professor of physics, Caltech

— Eugene Parker, professor emeritus of physics, University of Chicago

Voyager 1 is now about 11 billion miles (17.7 billion kilometers) from Earth, while Voyager 2 is about 9 billion miles (14.5 billion km) away. Voyager 1 is the most far-flung human-made object in the universe.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: bubble; space

An artist's concept of the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes near interstellar space. CREDIT: NASA/JPL [Full Story]

1 posted on 06/07/2011 7:26:13 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: SunkenCiv; KevinDavis

Ping!...........


2 posted on 06/07/2011 7:26:46 AM PDT by Red Badger (I killed Schrodinger's Cat with Occam's Razor.................)
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To: Red Badger

3 posted on 06/07/2011 7:30:35 AM PDT by massmike (Massachusetts:Stopped hanging witches;started electing Kennedys.Coincidence?)
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To: Red Badger
"I knew that."

Don Ho Pictures, Images and Photos
4 posted on 06/07/2011 7:31:05 AM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (The United States Marine Corps, your greatest friend or your worst enemy. YOU choose.)
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To: Red Badger

Bubble headed booby bump...


5 posted on 06/07/2011 7:33:45 AM PDT by LRS ("This is silly! It can't be! It can't be!!" "Oh yes it is! I said you wouldn't know the joint.")
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To: Red Badger

are they still able to transmit from these things????

that’s pretty amazing

some people I know smoked some weed out of a part that is on this thing


6 posted on 06/07/2011 7:35:00 AM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: Red Badger

And NASA pushes Global Warming.

NASA is damaged goods. The space program has been gutted, NASA now does muslim outreach and Global Warming pimping.

I’m not sure my faith in NASA will ever be restored.


7 posted on 06/07/2011 7:35:20 AM PDT by brownsfan (I miss the America I grew up in.)
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To: Red Badger
They already discovered this on the enterprise, Data, fixed it.

This is the problem with NASA spending millions on what ifs and maybes and not a damn thing on getting out there. Build something and see if it frigging works, that is called research.

8 posted on 06/07/2011 7:37:56 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Red Badger
Thanks for posting this. I really enjoy getting updates on the Voyager spacecraft because my Dad (God bless his soul) managed the program at GE that built the power generators on both craft. The RTGs are the three "cans" at the left side of the photo below. They are still operating 34 years after launch. I still remember him showing me videos of the impact tests they conducted to ensure they wouldn't spill plutonium if the launch was aborted.


9 posted on 06/07/2011 7:38:29 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Red Badger

The full article:

http://www.space.com/10482-nasa-voyager-1-spacecraft-nearing-edge-solar-system.html


10 posted on 06/07/2011 7:39:28 AM PDT by freebilly
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To: brownsfan

“I’m not sure my faith in NASA will ever be restored.”

Nope. Mine either. I’m surprised they haven’t claimed those are Muslim bubbles...


11 posted on 06/07/2011 7:42:09 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: Red Badger

Hell, that ain’t nuthin. We got bubbles right here on Earth: housing bubble, gold bubble, etc.


12 posted on 06/07/2011 7:42:22 AM PDT by FReepaholic (Land of the free my @ss)
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To: massmike

Chuckle...

Turn off’a da bubble machine!


13 posted on 06/07/2011 7:44:57 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: shove_it

Just wait til “Veger” comes back looking for the “creator”, where’s Kirk when ya really need him?


14 posted on 06/07/2011 7:53:02 AM PDT by sniper63 (Ever wonder why the call themselves Hamas, but don't eat pork?)
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To: Red Badger

In 34 years they have traveled about 15 light hours. It’s going to be a long flight to the next star at this rate.


15 posted on 06/07/2011 7:53:09 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: WKUHilltopper

Magnetic bubbles ?

I think I had that after consuming too many Old Styles.


16 posted on 06/07/2011 7:53:59 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: WKUHilltopper

an’ Congressional bubbleheads ... not to be confused with the dignified bobbleheads.


17 posted on 06/07/2011 7:54:58 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Red Badger

LAWRENCE WELK IS IN OUTER SPACE????


18 posted on 06/07/2011 7:56:31 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Anthony Weiner is a little cocky.)
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To: Red Badger

Vger must rid the Earth of the carbon based units infestation......


19 posted on 06/07/2011 7:57:42 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: Lazamataz

Well, yeah, those broadcasts on PBS are still going, and going, and going.................


20 posted on 06/07/2011 7:59:12 AM PDT by Red Badger (I killed Schrodinger's Cat with Occam's Razor.................)
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To: Red Badger

Woo Hoo! We are living in a giant glass of Guiness!


21 posted on 06/07/2011 7:59:41 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: brownsfan

Hear, hear.

I remember ‘debating’ a guy claimed to be a NASA scientist in 2005 on Diplomad (that site had since completely disappeared, and with good reason). He was completely SHOCKED that there were people out there
(1) don’t believe in human-caused global warming;
and (2) thinks NASA a complete waste of money, whatever they do could be achieved much better, faster, and cheaper with private enterprise.


22 posted on 06/07/2011 8:06:50 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
"Woo Hoo! We are living in a giant glass of Guiness!"

Funny... my first thought was that we are the bath toy in God's bubble bath.

23 posted on 06/07/2011 8:11:07 AM PDT by Grammy
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To: Red Badger

Are they ‘Tiny Bubbles’?


24 posted on 06/07/2011 8:18:22 AM PDT by Salamander (I wear my sunglasses at night.)
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To: muir_redwoods
In 34 years they have traveled about 15 light hours. It’s going to be a long flight to the next star at this rate.

Reminds me of a sci-fi story I read where a ship of colonists set off for a distant star, and since they didn't have FTL drives they had to be put in hibernation for the several hundred year journey.

When they arrived at their destination, they found it had been colonized centuries earlier by people from their own planet who developed FTL space flight and leapfroged their ship.

25 posted on 06/07/2011 8:19:40 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: muir_redwoods

The speed of light isn't nearly fast enough..................

26 posted on 06/07/2011 8:29:35 AM PDT by Red Badger (I killed Schrodinger's Cat with Occam's Razor.................)
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To: Red Badger

Bubble: A region, often spherical, of less dense material inside material, perhaps different, of greater density. In this case, the denser “material” is just about as near to a perfect vacuum as you can get. We’re spending billions of dollars studying nothingness inside nothingness. Kind of stretches the mind, and the pocketbook. Can’t blame people for being cynical. And I’m a science booster.


27 posted on 06/07/2011 8:33:21 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Yo-Yo

I read “Icarus at the Edge of Time” recently.
Similar story........

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icarus_at_the_Edge_of_Time


28 posted on 06/07/2011 8:34:18 AM PDT by Red Badger (I killed Schrodinger's Cat with Occam's Razor.................)
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To: Red Badger

Weiner said he had a magnetic bubble in his grey shorts.


29 posted on 06/07/2011 8:51:52 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Mr. K
some people I know smoked some weed out of a part that is on this thing

That's freaking cosmic.

30 posted on 06/07/2011 9:07:18 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Red Badger

What’s in the bubbles?


31 posted on 06/07/2011 9:46:57 AM PDT by Ro_Thunder (I sure hope there is a New Morning in America soon. All this hope and change is leaving me depressed)
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To: Red Badger
I read “Icarus at the Edge of Time” recently.

Cool! Now I have yet another book to throw on the stack of "when I have spare time..."

32 posted on 06/07/2011 9:51:14 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Yo-Yo

It’s really a short story in a big coffee table size book. The text is interspersed with pictures from the Hubble Telescope. You can read it in less than an hour................


33 posted on 06/07/2011 10:13:38 AM PDT by Red Badger (I killed Schrodinger's Cat with Occam's Razor.................)
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To: Ro_Thunder

WHat's in the bubbles?....FUN!.................

34 posted on 06/07/2011 10:15:47 AM PDT by Red Badger (I killed Schrodinger's Cat with Occam's Razor.................)
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To: dead; Mr. K

No wonder it is so FAR OUT, MAN..........................


35 posted on 06/07/2011 10:16:54 AM PDT by Red Badger (I killed Schrodinger's Cat with Occam's Razor.................)
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To: Red Badger
You can read it in less than an hour................

YOU can read it in an hour. It takes longer for me to sound out the bigger words...

36 posted on 06/07/2011 10:27:24 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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