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10/8/2012 6:14:27 AM
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More evidence that Voyager 1 has left our solar system:

[url=http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2012/10/more-evidence-that-voyager-has-exited-the-solar-system/]Article:[/url] To summarize, we'd officially deem Voyager 1 out of the Solar System once it had crossed the heliopause, the theoretically boundary in which solar wind emanating from the Sun is balanced, and therefore halted, by interactions with stellar wind emanating from other star systems. Generally, I'd post the majority of the article here, but a lot of it is diagrams and pictures, so I can't do that. But this would be an absolutely enormous step for mankind's exploration of the cosmos. This'd be the first time a man-made object as exited the Solar System.
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  • Ohhh I'm saving this thread I have the Mysteries of Space DVD collection and even though it's from the 80's I still love watching it. I'm a massive space nerd so... I guess that's why I love Halo and other games because some are so realistic to the point where you believe it. I'm getting way off topic aren't I?
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    [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] HundredJono Maybe it'll find The Ark.[/quote]Yeah, maybe in a billion years :P
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] WinyPit82 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] capitonRender007 Ohhh Winy, always trying to make people think. Also is this based on the thread from a couple weeks ago, or is there new data to consider?[/quote] What thread? [/quote] /facepalm Nevermind.
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  • cool
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] DarthMike431 It just makes me sad that if humans ever make a settlement on another planet, or make contact with other life out there, none of us will be alive to experience it. :'([/quote]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] capitonRender007 Ohhh Winy, always trying to make people think. Also is this based on the thread from a couple weeks ago, or is there new data to consider?[/quote] What thread?
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  • That's great! :D Unfortunately, that doesn't really mean anything, as Humans have still not sent an actual mission outside the solar system explicitly
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  • Ohhh Winy, always trying to make people think. Also is this based on the thread from a couple weeks ago, or is there new data to consider?
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  • Cheeky stuff.
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  • That is awesome. [Edited on 10.08.2012 10:21 AM PDT]
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  • Sweet. A century ago we were just getting a taste of flight, and now we're watching a probe leave the solar system. Just think where we'll be in another 100 years.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] WinyPit82 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] catman6 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] WinyPit82 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Sgt Drifter Can we still communicate with it? and if so, for how long?[/quote] Yes, but signals, if I remember correctly, take sixteen hours to travel to us. As for how long we'll be able to communicate with it, between 2025 and 2030, it'll no longer function. [/quote]Why is this? If it's simple lack of power, it could potentially (very slim chance) cross another solar system eventually and start transmitting. That is, if it can send the signal in the right direction. [/quote] I'm not sure why it'll stop functioning. Regarding it entering another system, It'll never start transmitting again, but it [i]does[/i] contain the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_Golden_Record]Golden Record.[/url] [/quote] NO! Theyve given them a map!!
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] I0 NotGinger 0I No it won't, we will all be dead and the world will have ended by the time it does anything useful.[/quote] This argument is often given regarding whether or not space exploration is useful. First of all, it will allow the human race to continue as a species. Whether or not that occurs within our lifetime is entirely irrelevant, it is still a necessity. Colonization of extrasolar planets won't come to us on a silver platter, we need to work to achieve that goal. Might as well start now. We can't just sit around and have a an interstellar-capable spaceship pop out of our asses. [Edited on 10.08.2012 9:53 AM PDT]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] WinyPit82 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] catman6 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] WinyPit82 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Sgt Drifter Can we still communicate with it? and if so, for how long?[/quote] Yes, but signals, if I remember correctly, take sixteen hours to travel to us. As for how long we'll be able to communicate with it, between 2025 and 2030, it'll no longer function. [/quote]Why is this? If it's simple lack of power, it could potentially (very slim chance) cross another solar system eventually and start transmitting. That is, if it can send the signal in the right direction. [/quote] I'm not sure why it'll stop functioning. Regarding it entering another system, It'll never start transmitting again, but it [i]does[/i] contain the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_Golden_Record]Golden Record.[/url] [/quote] It's powered by a [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioisotope_thermoelectric_generator]RTG.[/url] Eventually, whatever radioactive isotope that it's using will decay to the point that it'll no longer produce a sufficient amount of energy to power the probe. [Edited on 10.08.2012 9:40 AM PDT]
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  • [url]http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/inventions/top-5-nasa-inventions.htm[/url] [url]http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/ten-nasa-inventions.htm[/url] I'm sure this is a drop in the bucket. Modern Technology in general owes itself to NASA. Those who see the space program as a waste of money, I dare you to tell that to Neil deGrasse Tyson's face. Guard your ego though. You'll be picking it up off the floor.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] I0 NotGinger 0I What's so good about a space station?[/quote]it's helping to further human understanding about the universe.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] DarthMike431 It just makes me sad that if humans ever make a settlement on another planet, or make contact with other life out there, none of us will be alive to experience it. :'([/quote]Dude, don't complain, never heard of the Borg?
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] CultMiester4000 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] I0 NotGinger 0I Yes they would, NASA have always been a money vaccuum.[/quote]so has the military but they don't do anything worthwhile with it. NASA got us a space station. the military got us better guns.[/quote] What's so good about a space station? Stop mentioning the military, I don't like them either.
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  • I think the voyager 2 has already left the solar system
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] I0 NotGinger 0I Yes they would, NASA have always been a money vaccuum.[/quote]so has the military but they don't do anything worthwhile with it. NASA got us into space. the military got us better guns. [Edited on 10.08.2012 8:35 AM PDT]
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] CultMiester4000 [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] I0 NotGinger 0I [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] CultMiester4000 they have been talking about mining asteroids for resources. [/quote] Sounds efficient.[/quote]they wouldn't do it unless it was. derp.[/quote] Yes they would, NASA have always been a money vaccuum.
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    [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] I0 NotGinger 0I [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] CultMiester4000 they have been talking about mining asteroids for resources. [/quote] Sounds efficient.[/quote] Sounds like ginger. But exactly, it doesn't benefit your timeframe as you mentioned earlier. We would be dead before we truly see anything spectacular from space imo. As for the future? Humans will benefit.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] I0 NotGinger 0I [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] CultMiester4000 they have been talking about mining asteroids for resources. [/quote] Sounds efficient.[/quote]they wouldn't do it unless it was. derp.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] CultMiester4000 they have been talking about mining asteroids for resources. [/quote] Sounds efficient.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] I0 NotGinger 0I [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] CultMiester4000 the actual exploration of space hasn't directly benefited us yet but it will. [/quote] No it won't, we will all be dead and the world will have ended by the time it does anything useful.[/quote]they have been talking about mining asteroids for resources. that massive military budget the US has could be spent much more worthwhile-ly on space exploration and progress would increase rapidly.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] St Major Dan [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] I0 NotGinger 0I [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] CultMiester4000 the actual exploration of space hasn't directly benefited us yet but it will. [/quote] No it won't, we will all be dead and the world will have ended by the time it does anything useful.[/quote] Using that mindset we'd still be using sticks to do everything.[/quote] I wish.
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