bludroptop Dork
7/2/08 2:23 p.m.

I'm sadly old enough to remember when this bad-boy was launched. I think this is so cool.

Who remembers the Star Trek plot that centered on Voyager?

Full article here:

Voyager 2's journey toward interstellar space has revealed surprising insights into the energy and magnetic forces at the solar system's outer edge, and confirmed the solar system's squashed shape.

Both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 continue to send data to Earth more than thirty years after they first launched. During the 1990s, Voyager 1 became the farthest manmade object in space.

Each spacecraft has now crossed the edge of the solar system, known as termination shock, where the outbound solar wind collides with inbound energetic particles from interstellar space. The termination shock surrounds the solar system and encloses a bubble called the heliosphere.

"The solar wind is blowing outward trying to inflate this bubble, and the pressure from interstellar wind is coming in," said Edward Stone, physicist and Voyager project scientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif. He and other researchers published a series of studies in the journal Nature this week that detail the Voyager findings.

Jensenman SuperDork
7/2/08 3:21 p.m.

I remember that Star Trek as well. 'VEGER'.

No way I can link a pic at work, but does anyone remember the metal plaque that was attached to Pioneer 10 and 11? It included pictures of male and female humans next to the Pioneer (for scale purposes).

Voyager has a record made of, IIRC, gold and a player for same with pictorial directions. The record had samples of Earth languages (including a greeting from Jimmy Carter) and also the alphabet, to help with translation.

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