TV News LIES

Friday, Jan 20th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Of Special Interest Voyager 1 set to burst solar system bubble, move to parts unknown

Voyager 1 set to burst solar system bubble, move to parts unknown

E-mail Print PDF

Voyager 1How long does it take to fly to the edge of the solar system? At least 35 years. Voyager 1 is there now, carrying 1970s-era technology that might make your jaw sag - computers with 8,000 words of memory and 8-track tape recorders.

Those of us who can remember popping the Allman Brothers into the 8-track tape deck can identify with Voyagers 1 and 2 - a couple of nearly old fogies. But these NASA stalwarts are set to make space history. Again.

Wednesday marks the 35th anniversary of Voyager 1's launch to Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 marked its 35th anniversary on Aug. 20.

"They were the first fully automated spacecraft that could fly themselves," Ed Stone, chief Voyager project scientist, told the Los Angeles Times in an interview Tuesday. "They were the peak of technology."

Now the Voyagers are on their way to becoming the first human-made objects ever to enter interstellar space - that yawning black gap between the stars.

Since its launch, Voyager 1 has traveled billions of miles - it is now 11 billion miles from the sun. Voyager 2 is not far behind, at 9 billion miles from the sun.

According to NASA, both spacecraft have spent the last five years exploring the outer layer of the heliosphere, "the giant bubble of charged particles the sun blows around itself."

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Rex Tillerson has a shaky show before skeptical senators

Rex TillersonRex Tillerson had terse exchanges Wednesday with Republican Marco Rubio and other key senators during his...

Mercedes recalls about 48K SUVs to fix air bag sensor

Mercedes recallMercedes-Benz is recalling nearly 48,000 SUVs in the U.S. to fix a sensor problem that could...

Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him

TrumpClassified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives...

'Scientology': Ex-member says he fought to go to twin's funeral

ScientologyFor the sixth episode of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, the A&E series returned to...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!