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Posted: 9/12/2013 10:43:57 AM EDT
Like many of you, I grew up as a big NASA fan and enjoyed the earlier days of space exploration. Stories like this reminds me of the old "They don't build 'em like they used to" quip.

From CNN


The Voyager 1 probe has become the first man-made object to enter interstellar space, NASA announced today.

Scientists report they have strong evidence that the unmanned spacecraft has crossed the magnetic boundary separating our solar system's sun, planets and solar wind from the rest of the galaxy. The announcement comes more than 36 years after the unmanned spacecraft lifted off on a journey that gave humans close-up views of Jupiter and Saturn before heading toward deep space.
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Great. So how long before it leads the Doomsday Machine back here to Earth?
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It's 5 year mission
Link Posted: 9/12/2013 10:46:02 AM EDT
Money well wasted?
Link Posted: 9/12/2013 10:46:21 AM EDT
I remember the launch.
That was back when Americans gave a shit and were proud to do things like this. Now FSA is eating all the NASA money
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Damn people for not using easy to search titles.
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It'll probably slide into alien occupied space into the next thousand years or so...
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204 years

 
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Can we go ahead and pop PMAGs now? I hate long waits...
Link Posted: 9/12/2013 10:51:22 AM EDT
They've made this announcement before.
Link Posted: 9/12/2013 10:54:41 AM EDT
What could possibly go wrong?


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And you'd rather that money have been spent on....?
 
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We need some kind of space colony, like Elysium.

...but not somewhere where the rich people go... somewhere to send all the FSA.
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We need some kind of space colony, like Elysium.

...but not somewhere where the rich people go... somewhere to send all the FSA.


If we're sending the FSA, why make a colony? All we need is an airlock.
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<a href="http://s756.photobucket.com/user/vanvideo/media/arfcom%20stuff/USS_Enterprise_approaches_VGers_cloud_zpsccd0b27e.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx201/vanvideo/arfcom%20stuff/USS_Enterprise_approaches_VGers_cloud_zpsccd0b27e.jpg</a>
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YOY YO, I can see more than you think
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Don't mind him. I don't usually single people out or pick on them on the forum, but he's one of the weirdest and most trollish people I've seen on the forum. Just about every single thing he posts makes me go . I can't tell if it's intentional and he's just a troll or if he's just off in the head.
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YOY YO, I can see more than you think



It;s okay, I made the photo account mainly for ARFcom.
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The irony of this post, being made possible by a whole bunch of spin-off technology. We've gotten a larger return on investment from the space program than any other program in the history of mankind.
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We need some kind of space colony, like Elysium.

...but not somewhere where the rich people go... somewhere to send all the FSA.


If we're sending the FSA, why make a colony? All we need is an airlock.


Link Posted: 9/12/2013 11:03:18 AM EDT
Prepare for Assimilation
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The irony of this post, being made possible by a whole bunch of spin-off technology. We've gotten a larger return on investment from the space program than any other program in the history of mankind.


Correct
Link Posted: 9/12/2013 11:04:26 AM EDT
Those guys were truly old school.   Came up with gravitational slingshot solutions using slide rules . . .    The guy that did all the calcs was basically a grad student who was assigned some "shit work" (to him).   He did such an outstanding job that they made him the project leader.    Just more proof that if you work hard and know your shit, it will pay off (at least I think I still believe this).  
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Very exciting!  I can't wait to see what finds it brings.  Earlier this year I took an astronomy class as an elective and we discussed this.  I love the glory days of NASA too and marveled at them in my youth.  My cousin was lucky enough to intern there for a summer and said it was all he thought it would be.
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Nope still happens today. Biggest difference is that college students forget that a degree is like paying a toll. You still have to drive the car after your toll is paid.

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I love 'same page' dupes...






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That's only the third or fourth time, maybe more.

Pray the trail gets real cold before it's found by some planet willing to spend a few thousand years to track down its source.  Maybe by then we'll be able to catch and recover Voyager!

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Meh-by that time, they won't WANT to find us.

Nick
Link Posted: 9/12/2013 11:26:13 AM EDT
Where's my flying car damnit!  The future sucks.
Link Posted: 9/12/2013 11:27:32 AM EDT
I thought that something like this happened about eight years ago
Link Posted: 9/12/2013 11:36:59 AM EDT
nuke power for the win
Link Posted: 9/12/2013 11:56:05 AM EDT
Voyager 1 carries a "Golden Record", a 12 inch phonograph made of copper, and plated with gold, that contains a variety of images and sounds meant to portray the diversity of life on Earth. Among the sounds are a selection of natural Earth sounds, waves, birds, whales, etc, greetings in 59 languages, and a selection music from our various cultures and eras - Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Chuck Berry, and many others. Among the music on the record is a song called "Dark was the Night, Cold was the Ground" by an old Blues man by the name of Blind Willie Johnson.

Willie wasn't born blind, he lost his sight at the age of 7 when his stepmother threw lye in his face after his father beat her for cheating on him. He remained poor most of his life. In 1945 his house burned to the ground, and with no where else to go, he slept on a wet bed in the ruins of his burned out home. He later contracted malarial fever and was refused treatment at the hospital because he was either blind or black. Or both. He died September 18, 1945.

Almost 68 years later, his music has left our solar system. How bad ass is that?  

We used to build marvelous machines that took us to impossible places.  What the fuck happened?  Fucking FSA........  
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Bro, do you even science?
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I get a kick out of how seriously people take duping.
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This.  Do you even have a life, bro?
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Don't mind him. I don't usually single people out or pick on them on the forum, but he's one of the weirdest and most trollish people I've seen on the forum. Just about every single thing he posts makes me go . I can't tell if it's intentional and he's just a troll or if he's just off in the head.
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Don't mind him. I don't usually single people out or pick on them on the forum, but he's one of the weirdest and most trollish people I've seen on the forum. Just about every single thing he posts makes me go . I can't tell if it's intentional and he's just a troll or if he's just off in the head.


Phew, I thought I was "that guy". I'm probably not far behind.
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We need some kind of space colony, like Elysium.

...but not somewhere where the rich people go... somewhere to send all the FSA.


If we're sending the FSA, why make a colony? All we need is an airlock.


Maybe just an FSA cannon?
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About 260 years.
Link Posted: 9/12/2013 4:38:50 PM EDT
Wow, we're still receiving telemetry from a spacecraft built in the 70's and I can't get a decent cell signal in parts of the building where I work  Technology - how does it work?
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We are detecting 23 watts of transmitting power from the spacecraft..

I think 25 watts is the max for CB radios legally.

Imagine that when you were a kid fucking around with your CB.. " dude, I talked to a trucker way out on I-95 last night!"

"Bitch please! Do you even CB? I talk to mother fucking interstellar space! Bubba was ronere as fuck and wouldn't STFU! Piffft.. I-95.. Try half a light year bitch!"
Link Posted: 9/12/2013 4:51:46 PM EDT
Vger wishes to speak to the creator.
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