"…This image represents the Voyager radio signal as seen by the world’s most sensitive ground-based telescope."
SUZANNE DODD, manager of NASA’s Voyager missions; the space agency released this photo on Monday showing a “radio image” of Voyager 1, more than 11.5 billion miles away in interstellar space.
One of my favorite Star Trek moments, methinks. And Susie Plakson is in this ep, too.
That one time Andy Dick was on Star Trek.
In case y’all were wondering, Sulu did rise to the rank of captain, taking command of the USS Excelsior in 1991’s Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, then reprising the role in 1996’s “Flashback” episode of Voyager.
Curiosity took its first drive on Mars today, traveling about ten feet. But another NASA probe did something even more amazing last week, and has traveled waaaaaay farther — about nine billion miles — and in the process set a record for the space agency. From Space.com:
On Aug. 13, Voyager 2 became NASA’s longest-operating mission when it broke the previous record of 12,758 days of operation set by the Pioneer 6 probe, which launched on Dec. 16, 1965, and sent its last signal home on Dec. 8, 2000.
Voyager 2 is currently about 9 billion miles (15 billion kilometers) away from the sun and traveling away in a southerly direction, NASA officials said. For the past five years it has been sending back information about the outer layer of the heliosphere, the bubble of charged particles the sun blows around itself. No one really knows how long it will take to get to interstellar space, but NASA officials said the Voyager twins will have enough power to keep communicating with Earth until 2020, possibly 2025.
The Voyager 1 probe, meanwhile, is about 11 billion miles (18 billion km) from the sun and traveling north as it makes its way out of the solar system.
(Illustration via Geeksmash.com)
I guess it’s reasonable to think that Pioneer 10 indeed left the Solar System before Voyager 1 will, but since the latter is actually sending back telemetry, it’s probably safer to say that Voyager will be the first confirmed human-made object to venture into interstellar space.
Either way, they’re both very, very lonely. :-(
(h/t to theexhaustedmind)
Heh. To everything.
(Sev Trek via TreksInSciFi.com)
DUDE, WHERE’RE MY SATELLITES? What is humanity’s most distant spacecraft? Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 now holds that distinction at 17.5 billion kilometers from the Sun. That corresponds to 16 light-hours or 117 Astronomical Units (AU). This graphic shows the position of Voyager 1 relative to the outer solar system (top and side views) along with other distant spacecraft contenders. Next most distant, Pioneer 10 is about 15.4 billion kilometers from the Sun, though on the opposite side of the solar system from Voyager 1. Voyager 2 and Pioneer 11, both also well beyond the orbit of Pluto, are 14.2 billion and 12.4 billion kilometers from the Sun respectively. Still outbound for Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft is presently 3 billion kilometers from the Sun and will encounter the Pluto system in July of 2015. All these spacecraft have used sling-shot style gravity assist maneuvers to increase their speeds through the outer solar system. Voyager 1 is moving the fastest though, escaping the solar system at about 17 kilometers per second. Still operational, both Voyagers are headed towards the outer boundary of the solar system, in search of the heliopause and the beginning of interstellar space. (Photo: JPL-CalTech via NASA APOD; click through for larger version)
RING PLOPS Scientists first saw these somewhat wedge-shaped, transient clouds of tiny particles known as “spokes” in images transmitted from NASA’s Voyager spacecraft in August, 1981. They dubbed these features in Saturn’s B ring “spokes” because they looked like bicycle spokes. An electrostatic charge, the way static electricity on Earth can raise the hair on your arms, appears to be levitating tiny ring particles above the ring plane, but scientists are still figuring out how the particles get that charge: NASA’s Cassini spacecraft documented the phenomenon more than 28 years later on November 2, 2008.
The other most fascinating thing to me about these images is the contrast in picture resolution three decades apart.
(Photos via NASA)
OMG, I totally forgot that Andy Dick was on an episode of Star Trek: Voyager.
Titus Welliver as Commander Maxwell Burke from the awesome - and dark - two-part Star Trek: Voyager episode “Equinox.”