Voyager left the building

Thursday, September 12, 2013

This is very cool and gives us an idea of what we are capable of accomplishing, if only we would end racism, focus on what unites us, and stop fighting stupid wars.

In a paper published in Science today, NASA scientists have announced that Voyager I, which was launched in 1977, left the solar system and is now traveling in interstellar space.

The New York Times has the story.

The spacecraft’s technology is laughable by today’s standards: it carried an 8-track tape recorder and computers with 1/240,000th the memory of a low-end iPhone. When it left Earth 36 years ago, it was designed as a four-year mission to Saturn, and everything after that was gravy.

But Voyager I has become — unexpectedly — the Little Spacecraft That Could. On Thursday, scientists declared that it had become the first man-made object to exit the solar system, a breathtaking achievement that NASA could only fantasize about back when it was launched in 1977, the same year that “Star Wars” was released.

“I don’t know if it’s in the same league as landing on the moon, but it’s right up there — ‘Star Trek’ stuff, for sure,” said Donald A. Gurnett, a professor of physics at the University of Iowa and the co-author of a paper published Thursday in the journal Science about Voyager’s feat. “I mean, consider the distance. It’s hard even for scientists to comprehend.”

For more on the story, including a view of the launch in 1977, go to this link.

The LA Times has some cool pics.

60 Responses to Voyager left the building

  1. fauxmccoy says:

    my musical contribution and somehow perfect for the time travel theme here

    fabulous song, originally performed by the isley brothers, popularized by the beatles and modenized by the flying lizards

    • ay2z says:

      It’s fitting that this idiot (the expert on balls yet he has none to speak of himself) has gone on media this week to plead with his best friiend to call him. It will be even more fitting if he does call him and the feds are listening.

      • Trained Observer says:

        So Fogen hasn’t been keeping in touch with his good bud?

      • Soulcatcher says:

        And the idiot continues on about the 5-1 verdict, stating, “All the Tray-bots are out there scratching their nuts—their camel nuts—trying to figure out how the hell I knew that,” he scoffed. “And guess what: They’ll never know.”

        Never say never, have another one and ponder on that.

        • MDH says:

          So Taffe is a drug addicted, wee man coward who abused his spouse and children?

          That explains why George is fond of him.

          For the life of me, why is the media not called on the carpet for allowing a man with his record and views to get air time on shows that are purported to be objective?

          • Dave says:

            He’s articulate.
            He’s colorful.
            He’s always available.
            He works cheap.

            Since the killer himself doesn’t do interviews, Taaffee serves as a good stand-in.

          • MDH says:

            Well then, a fair and balanced show would let Mike Tyson and Taffe square off for a nice debate.

            Tyson is:

            As articulate as Taffe

            Makes colorful remarks

            Is available

            Probably would not want to be paid to debate Taffe

            And seeing as Taffe feels black males are thugs, I feel that Mike is the equivalent of what Taffe’s paranoid delusional mind thinks they all are.

            So Mr Balls would get to put up or shut up.

            It would be a great show.

            IOW, most of our media news organizations are no better than WWF Wrestling.

          • Dave says:

            Great concept, MDH! Unfortunately (or fortunately) for the infotainment industry that would be have to be Frank’s last media appearance.

  2. Okay, I am Out Done. There’s professional musicians and experts on this thread!

  3. MDH says:

    Wolf was quite a harp player, but Little Walter sets the standard.

  4. MDH says:

    Rock blues is based on delta blues.

    One thing that all those pretty boy singers could never get right was you have sing and look like a real cock of the walk, not a Bantam Rooster. Howlin Wolf was the real deal. That man could step in a room and suck all the testosterone out of it with his voice and presence.

  5. This ain’t a music war without Psy and MC Hammer doing Gangnam Style:

  6. ay2z says:

    I’ll admit I was funnin’ y’all about Marty being the inspiration, but we can’t pass the afternoon without including the rock guitar groundbreaker….

    Get up outta your chairs for Sister Rosetta Tharpe!!!

  7. MDH says:

    And while he was prostrate, in pain, with his heart venting out his life, that fat creep sat on him.

  8. “In a surprising development, a medical examiner called to testify in the Trayvon Martin trial is suing the state for $100 million dollars,medical examiner claiming that the prosecution threw the case.”

    hat tip Watt4Bob.

    More will be revealed, and I hope Dr. Bao’s shark attorney can work some magic and expose this dirty court system for the sewer that it is.

  9. MDH says:

    The quintessential 8 track era space song:

  10. MDH says:

    In deep space, 2000 light years from home.

  11. Here’s Albert Lee performing Country Boy in an English Pub before a drunk audience with a mystery onlooker at the 0:48 mark.

    Dancing woman feeling no pain takes a tumble at the 0:50 mark.

    Those were the days . . .

  12. LATFG (Look at this fucking guy) take his shirt off. Australia’s Got Talent. Ow ow owwwwwww!

  13. Two sides to a story says:

    . . . and, jammin’ it out, reggae- style . . .

  14. Two sides to a story says:

    Zowie! I have no doubt that this expands human consciousness on Earth and consciousness in our solar system, whatever form that may be.

  15. Can anyone give me directions to the music war? Here? Far out!

  16. colin black says:

    Its a misscomseption tthat aliens will be able to watch our tv an listen to our radios music ect like an ever expanding bubble.

    True if tech societies exist light years away an they pick up our broadcasts they will be able to dissern that yes there not random .
    And yes its coming from another tech type civilisation but that’s about all.

    Even if they had tv s an radios similar to our own the strength of signal they receive would be so weak it wouldn’t be veiveable or audable .

    It would be static random statatic but static none the less.

  17. ay2z says:

    John’s intro and visa versa

  18. ay2z says:

    Add in Elvis and James Burton et al

  19. ay2z says:

    Now that we got that straight, here’s Chuck and Bruce and a few thousands of people

  20. Ry Cooder, Terry Evans – Down In Mississippi

  21. ay2z says:

    Where this new sound REALLY came from, now that we are in a space-time-future-intersteller continum. From Marty to Berry to Hendrix

  22. The fact that the Voyager uses a 1977 era 8 track tape for its audio relay system and it’s still up there working is amazing. So what’s the excuse for my iPhone going wonky after about 2 years!

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