RJAF From Jordan, joined Jan 2007, 304 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1048 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'
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12948 posts, RR: 79 Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 928 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.