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  • NASA receives response from Voyager 1 spacecraft 13 billion miles away after 37 years of inactivity

    03/29/2018 5:54:55 PM PDT · by Enchante · 89 replies
    Tech Startups ^ | March 22, 2018 | Staff
    The thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft just did what we thought was impossible. After 37 years of inactivity, NASA just received response from spacecraft 13 billion miles away, NASA said in a statement on its website. Voyager 1 is NASA’s farthest and fastest spacecraft. It was launched on September 5, 1977. Having operated for 40 years, 6 months and 14 days as of March 19, 2018, the spacecraft relies on small devices called thrusters to orient itself so it can communicate with Earth. These thrusters fire in tiny pulses, or “puffs,” lasting mere milliseconds, to subtly rotate the spacecraft...
  • NASA Gets Response From Spacecraft 13 Billion Miles Away

    03/18/2018 10:41:39 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 79 replies
    Science Vibe ^ | 18th March 2018 | Stefan Nestorov
    NASA has just received a response from the void, and believers everywhere are losing their collective minds. After 37 years of inactivity, the NASA spacecraft Voyager 1 fired up its thrusters for the first time in nearly four decades all the way over in interstellar space. This incredible – and unsuspected – triumph means Voyager 1 can once again communicate with Earth, from 13 billion miles away.
  • We Might Have Just Discovered 2 Dark Moons Hidden Near Uranus

    12/22/2017 6:11:50 AM PST · by Red Badger · 50 replies ^ | 17 OCT 2016 | FIONA MACDONALD
    ================================================================================================================ Researchers have re-examined data captured by the Voyager 2 spacecraft back in 1986, and think they've found evidence of two never-before-seen moons hidden in the rings of Uranus. Uranus, the third largest planet in our Solar System, already has 27 moons that we know of - but these two new ones appear to orbit the planet more closely than any of its other natural satellites, and are causing wavy patterns in its closest rings. Although Saturn is the most famous ringed planet orbiting our Sun, it's not the only one, with the three other gas giants - Jupiter, Uranus,...
  • Voyager 1 Just Fired Up its Backup Thrusters for the 1st Time in 37 Years

    12/02/2017 4:37:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 67 replies ^ | Mike Wall
    Voyager 1 hadn't used its four "trajectory correction maneuver" (TCM) thrusters since November 1980, during the spacecraft's last planetary flyby — an epic encounter with Saturn. But mission team members fired them up again Tuesday (Nov. 28)... The little engines passed the test with flying colors, NASA officials said. "The Voyager team got more excited each time with each milestone in the thruster test," Todd Barber, a propulsion engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. "The mood was one of relief, joy and incredulity after witnessing these well-rested thrusters pick up the baton...
  • Aliens Discover Voyager Record. Certain humans are identifying with space aliens, (tr)

    09/06/2017 11:22:00 AM PDT · by fishtank · 59 replies
    Creation-Evolution Headlines ^ | 9-6-17 | David F. Coppedge
    September 6, 2017 | David F. Coppedge Aliens Discover Voyager Record Certain humans are identifying with space aliens, pretending to know what they like. Forty years ago, the Voyager craft were launched for a mission that would never end. The craft, even after depleted of fuel and electronics, would sail endlessly through the stars. The open trajectory of the Voyagers’ voyages prompted Carl Sagan to send a memento from Earth to any potential space aliens who might recover the craft, even though Earth might long have returned to cinder when our sun expands some day into a red giant, engulfing...
  • Jimmy Carter's note placed on the Voyager spacecraft

    07/23/2017 6:44:22 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
  • 'Star Trek' actress arrested for indecent exposure

    09/16/2015 10:28:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies ^ | Updated:Sep 16 2015 07:03AM CDT | Staff
    Former Star Trek actress Jennifer Lien has been arrested in Tennessee for indecent exposure. Lien is accused of showing her breasts and buttocks to a group of children. Police say Lien was naked when they showed up at her home to arrest her. Lien, who is originally from Palos Heights, was part of the first three seasons of "Star Trek: Voyager." She was "Kes", the alien who joins the ship, and ends up working with the doctor. She left acting some time ago. This is her second arrest this year in Tennessee. She was charged in April with assault and...
  • Former Star Trek: Voyager actress arrested for indecent exposure

    09/16/2015 5:26:50 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 45 replies
    Evening Standard ^ | Wednesday 16 September 2015 10:13 BST | Laura Proto
    A former Star Trek: Voyager actress has been arrested after allegedly exposing herself to two children. Jennifer Lien, 41, who played Kes in the first three seasons of the spin off show, was arrested at her home in Harriman, Tennessee, on September 3.
  • 'Star Trek: Voyager' actress Jennifer Lien charged with indecent exposure

    09/15/2015 6:55:22 PM PDT · by windcliff · 94 replies ^ | 9-15-15 | Henry Hanks
    (CNN)—An actress best known for "Star Trek: Voyager" was arrested on September 3. Jennifer Lien, who played Kes in the first few seasons of the "Star Trek" spinoff series, has been charged with indecent exposure. According to CNN affiliate WATE, Lien was arrested in her home in Harriman, Tennessee. Neighbor Carey Smith told WATE that Lien came by her home to comment on how Smith's children were being raised and started using vulgar language. "All of a sudden, here come the shirt up," said Smith. "She started flashing and, 'Woo hoo,' and I said, 'And what respect is that for...
  • Perhaps Aliens like Continuous Streaming, Too

    08/02/2015 8:59:19 AM PDT · by null and void · 13 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:36am | Suzanne Tracy
    The Voyager Golden Record recordings are now available on Soundcloud, which means that anyone with an Internet connection can experience NASA’s “time capsule” for themselves, knowing that the originals are still traveling through empty space or the heliosphere.The Voyager Golden Records, included aboard both Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977, are phonograph records — 12-inch gold-plated copper disks — containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life on Earth. They include 115 analog-encoded photographs, spoken greetings from Earth-people in 55 languages, a 12-minute montage of a variety of natural sounds — such as those made by surf,...
  • Gravity assist (spacecraft slingshot maneuver... how it works)

    09/28/2013 1:49:13 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies
    The Planetary Society ^ | 9/27/13 | David Shortt
    With the recent announcement by NASA that the 36 year-old spacecraft Voyager 1 has officially entered interstellar space at a distance from the Sun about four times further than Neptune's orbit, and with Voyager 2 not far behind, it seems worthwhile to explore how humans managed to fling objects so far into space. Interplanetary spacecraft often use a maneuver called a gravity assist in order to reach their targets. Voyager 2 famously used gravity assists to visit Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in the late 1970s and 1980s. Cassini used two assists at Venus and one each at Earth and...
  • NASA probe hears "shriek" in space as it leaves solar system (audio)

    09/15/2013 2:54:35 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 85 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Yahoo
    A strange, unearthly “shriek” greeted NASA’s Voyager I spacecraft as it became the first man-made object to enter interstellar space. A strange rising “howl” was detected by instruments aboard the 36-year-old probe, which has travelled 12 billion miles away from our sun. The sound was transmitted back to scientists on Earth, over a distance so vast radio waves take 17 hours to reach us. Science site iO9 described the sounds as “creepy” and “wraithlike”.
  • Voyager Captures Sounds of Interstellar Space (1 minute YouTube recording)

    09/13/2013 12:21:09 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 49 replies
    Click here to hear it.
  • It's Official! Voyager 1 Spacecraft Has Left Solar System

    09/12/2013 3:26:45 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 55 replies ^ | 9/12/2013 |
    A spacecraft from Earth has left its cosmic backyard and taken its first steps in interstellar space. After streaking through space for nearly 35 years, NASA's robotic Voyager 1 probe finally left the solar system in August 2012, a study published today (Sept. 12) in the journal Science reports. "Voyager has boldly gone where no probe has gone before, marking one of the most significant technological achievements in the annals of the history of science, and as it enters interstellar space, it adds a new chapter in human scientific dreams and endeavors," NASA science chief John Grunsfeld said in...
  • Voyager 1 has entered a new region of space, sudden changes in cosmic rays indicate

    03/20/2013 2:57:50 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 75 replies
    AGU ^ | 3/20/13
    WASHINGTON – Thirty-five years after its launch, Voyager 1 appears to have travelled beyond the influence of the Sun and exited the heliosphere, according to a new study appearing online today. The heliosphere is a region of space dominated by the Sun and its wind of energetic particles, and which is thought to be enclosed, bubble-like, in the surrounding interstellar medium of gas and dust that pervades the Milky Way galaxy. On August 25, 2012, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft measured drastic changes in radiation levels, more than 11 billion miles from the Sun. Anomalous cosmic rays, which are cosmic rays...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Solar System Portrait

    02/14/2013 6:02:01 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | February 14, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: On another Valentine's Day (February 14, 1990), cruising four billion miles from the Sun, the Voyager 1 spacecraft looked back to make this first ever family portrait of our Solar System. The complete portrait is a 60 frame mosaic made from a vantage point 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane. In it, Voyager's wide angle camera frames sweep through the inner Solar System at the left, linking up with gas giant Neptune, at the time the Solar System's outermost planet, at the far right. Positions for Venus, Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are indicated by letters, while the...
  • Voyager spacecraft finds solar system is bigger than thought

    12/05/2012 9:41:12 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    An artist's concept of NASA's Voyager spacecraft, which is now about 11 billion miles from the sun, NASA said. (CNN) -- Are we there yet? If you're Voyager 1 and you're looking for a spot beyond the end of our solar system, the answer is no. NASA officials have been saying for months that Voyager 1 is almost there when it comes to interstellar space as it continues the longest road trip in the history of mankind. Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 took off 16 days apart in 1977, and Voyager 1 is now about 11 billion miles (18 billion...
  • Ready for a real star trek

    09/08/2012 1:00:03 PM PDT · by OldNavyVet · 25 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 8 September 2012 | Eryn Brown
    "35 years after its launch, Voyager 1 is poised to 'leave' the bubble of the solar system and sail into the mystery of interstellar space"
  • Get Ready, Because Voyager I Is *This Close* to Leaving Our Solar System

    06/14/2012 7:16:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 13, 2012 | Rebecca J. Rosen
    ast week, in the corners of the Internet devoted to outer space, things started to get a little, well, hot. Voyager 1, the man-made object farthest away from Earth, was encountering a sharp uptick in the number of a certain kind of energetic particles around it. Had the spacecraft become the first human creation to "officially" leave the solar system? It's hard to overstate how wild an accomplishment this would be: A machine, built here on Earth by the brain- and handiwork of humans, has sailed from Florida, out of Earth's orbit, beyond Mars, beyond the gas giants of Jupiter...
  • Voyager 2 to switch to backup thruster set

    11/07/2011 7:29:02 AM PST · by Red Badger · 91 replies ^ | 07 NOV 11 | Provided by JPL/NASA
    NASA's Deep Space Network personnel sent commands to the Voyager 2 spacecraft Nov. 4 to switch to the backup set of thrusters that controls the roll of the spacecraft. Confirmation was received today that the spacecraft accepted the commands. The change will allow the 34-year-old spacecraft to reduce the amount of power it requires to operate and use previously unused thrusters as it continues its journey toward interstellar space, beyond our solar system. Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are each equipped with six sets, or pairs, of thrusters to control their movement. These include three pairs of...