Voyager probe 'leaves Solar System'

Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by Gingerman, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. Gingerman

    Gingerman Is a great bunch of lads.....

  2. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Again? This must be the third time now.

    It's worse than taxi drivers round here. "oh yeah, this is defo the fastest way mate" then proceeding to zig zag in and out of the galaxy :mad:
     
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  3. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

  4. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

  5. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

    It's pretty cool, some old space dustbin with '70s technology in it, still going strong :cool:
     
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  6. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    Heh good reference.
     
  7. RedDragon

    RedDragon "I am not one of your fans!"

    :eek:
     
  8. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    Probably should read "Scientists reckon it's actually left this time after ballsing up the readings the other five times."
     
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  9. ferrelhadley

    ferrelhadley These violent delights have violent ends.

    Take the hint.

     
  10. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist



    And just for completion, the track he's talking about:

     
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  11. Gingerman

    Gingerman Is a great bunch of lads.....

  12. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    it's pretty fucking amazing that stuff from the 1970s is a) still working and b) nasa are still able to make sense of it. i think we all recall the blue peter time capsule debacle...
     
  13. FaradayCaged

    FaradayCaged I like pancakes, do you like pancakes?

    Was tuned in to the NASA live feed anouncement, wow.
     
  14. EastEnder

    EastEnder Brixton Barnacle

    On the contrary, simple engineering is often the most hardy. The shuttle's gone the way of the dodo, but the ISS still relies - absolutely, now - on the archaic soyuz capsule. A circuit made from 1970's era transistors will weather the harsh cold & radiation of space far better than a modern integrated circuit. Additionally, the Voyagers are powered by RTGs, which are dead simple, reliable & last for donkeys years. In the post voyager years, fretting by namby pamby worrywarts has made it far harder to get away with launching radioactive material atop of highly explosive rockets. The Voyagers would've made Brunel proud.
     
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  15. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw acknowledging ur soup leg

    The really amazing thing is that V'Ger is still in contact with home. Its radio transmitter is only outputting at 20-something watts. That's like shining a torch from ten billion miles away. Your phone is in about the 3-4 watts range, and that ain't perfect with a cell tower only a few miles away.
     
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  16. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw acknowledging ur soup leg

    Cassini and New Horizons are powered that way too. Inner system probes like Messenger can use solar, and do, but that's no use further out.
     
  17. Gingerman

    Gingerman Is a great bunch of lads.....

  18. Dr Jon

    Dr Jon so many beers, too little time Banned

    What happened? I remember them burying it - y2k seemed a lifetime away...
    :confused:
     
  19. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    If it's using google maps on an iPhone like me, it will keep turning left when it should be right etc ....
     
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  20. Corax

    Corax Luke 5:16

    Quite. At least! (as with the XKCD above)

    So which bloody boundary has it crossed this time, and how many more can we expect?
     
  21. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    they dug it up and nothing could read the discs in it
     
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  22. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Voyager is apparently 11,000,000,000 miles away now. (R4) [11 billion miles]

    Power sources will last till 2020 and may work in a limited way for 5 years after that.
     
  23. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

    Yes, and the vandalising of the BP garden :(

    fwiw the computer in Voyager is probably not even as awesome as a ZX Spectrum, yet still it crunches data and despatches it through the cosmos back to NASA :cool: - there's probably a BBC Micro running the whole mission. Awesome :)

    Meanwhile, aliens in passing UFOs point at Voyager and laugh :(

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  24. spliff

    spliff New Member

    All those prudes that didn't want pubic hair depicted must have foreseen the future.
    [​IMG]
    I salute you. :D
     
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  25. Dr Jon

    Dr Jon so many beers, too little time Banned

    It isn't. Voyager was launched 3 years before Sinclair launched the ZX-80 !

    I had a look on wiki and see that Voyager had 3 computers, one of the same design as the Viking Orbiter, launched a year earlier.
    These were very basic, constructed from discrete TTL and CMOS logic:
    link

    Awesome indeed!

    Read?
    Surely these were records - to be played on a gramophone...

    /fossil
    :)
     
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  26. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Sweetcorn, Seagulls and Wasps are Brilliant!

    Humbling to think humanity has crossed a very important threshold - our first baby step into the vast cosmic dark. :cool:

    Absolute all credit to the scientists and engineers behind this amazing achievement. :)
     
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  27. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    Nicely done mate, nicely done.
     
  28. white rabbit

    white rabbit Less than zero R.I.P.

    Remarkable. The porn from that time is thick with pubic hair. And moustaches.

    Probably no one blinked at the time at the assumed gender roles. He's assertively making the gesture and she passively stands by. She's even averting her eyes. Would she have a Brazilian these days, and tats?
     
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  29. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Sweetcorn, Seagulls and Wasps are Brilliant!

    The probe has a comedy tash though, so it's of its age. NASA have kept that a secret all these years.

    To boldly go where no tash has gone before...
     
  30. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    Reminds me of the number of times the human genome project was completed.
     

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