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  1. #1 Hello, it's me: Voyager achieves another milestone 
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    After a storied, 28-year odyssey, NASA's venerable Voyager 1 spacecraft appears to have reached the edge of the solar system, a turbulent zone of near-nothingness where the solar wind begins to give way to interstellar space in a cosmic cataclysm known as "termination shock," scientists said yesterday.

    "This is an historic step in Voyager's race," said California Institute of Technology physicist Edward C. Stone, the mission's chief scientist since Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, were launched in the summer of 1977. "We have a totally new region of space to explore, and it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

    Stone said project scientists, working from models of a phenomenon never before directly observed, finally agreed that data from Voyager 1's tiny 80-kilobyte computer memory showed that the spacecraft had passed through termination shock to the "heliosheath," a frontier of unknown thickness that defines the border with interstellar space.

    Stamatios M. Krimigis, another longtime Voyager scientist, said in an interview that the spacecraft might remain in the heliosheath for perhaps 10 years but should easily survive, going dark when its plutonium power source expires around 2020.

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    Hello, Voyager. It's nice to hear from you. Good luck, and enjoy the ride. And thank you.

    Seriously, it's nice to hear something about this one. Admittedly, I need to do some more reading on what Voyager's up to, but that's kind of the point. I remember being young and trying to imagine the day Voyager left the solar system. And now V1 has reached the last leg. How cool?

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    Gugliotta, Guy. "Voyager At Edge Of Solar System". Washington Post. May 25, 2005; page A03. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...052401434.html


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    From the folks over at Space.com:

    <blockquote>• Britt, Robert Roy. "Voyager Probe Poised to Plunge into Interstellar Space". Space.com. May 24, 2005. See http://space.com/missionlaunches/050...ager_edge.html
    • A really nifty illustration</blockquote>

    And, from the folks over at NASA, a really nifty animation (.mpeg).


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    Hi tiassa, glad you could make it!

    Wow, 80KB of memory? In the 70s? That must have been rather a lot.
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    yea this is awesome i wonder how far we could get if we would now launch a cutting-edge-tech spaceprobe. offcourse it would take decades to find out. lol i would be an old man by then :wink:
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