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Happy 30th Birthday Voyager I!  
User currently offlineHuskyAviation From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 1156 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 9 months 15 hours ago) and read 1836 times:

Voyager I turns 30 today--it was launched on Sept. 5, 1977.  birthday 

Pretty amazing stuff that it is still operational after all this time. One of the great success stories of space exploration.

Some cool pictures taken over the years by it and Voyager II:


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User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 6 hours ago) and read 1805 times:

The 12-inch gold-plated copper phonograph record was intended to serve as a time capsule that could communicate the story of Earth to extraterrestrials

Anyone here under 20 know what a phonograph record is?

[Edited 2007-09-06 13:41:56]

User currently offlineRJAF From Jordan, joined Jan 2007, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1726 times:

I think the coolest pic taken by voyager is 'the pale blue dot'. This pic is not only cool but very significant. The pale blue dot where the arrow is pointing is earth as seen from Voyager after it had left Pluto.


Like Carl Sagan said ' "Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam'

Rest in peace Carl.

Chance favors the prepared mind
User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22870 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1698 times:

Happy Birthday Voyager! Here's to another 30 years of exploration.

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 1):
Anyone here under 20 know what a phonograph record is?

I'm 21 and I know what one is, but I have to admit that if I didn't and saw these instructions, I wouldn't have a clue in hell what to do:


7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1680 times:


User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3192 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1654 times:

Thats Voyager 6, not 1... and not Pioneer 10 that gets destroyed by the Klingons that one source said was Voyager 1...

[Edited 2007-09-11 16:29:52]

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13606 posts, RR: 76
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

Probably better off in Mil/Space, but yes, what a significant milestone, 30 years in space and still operating.
And IIRC, they keep on extending the estimated date the power will finally run down.
I can remember when it was this decade, then around 2020, last I read it might be nearer 2030.

Whatever, it will in one sense, go on forever in our terms, when it finally does degrade structually and break up, eventually into it's component atoms, the species who built it, will probably be long gone anyway.

So as of now, there are 4 probes heading into Interstellar space, to be followed eventually by the one heading out to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt?
Even more impressive, the first two, the Pioneers, were essentially knocked together from spares.

User currently offlineAllstarflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1599 times:

Somewhere out there, at the edges of the solar system, somebody's listening to some good Chuck Berry.  bigthumbsup 

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