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Fraser
2012-Jun-15, 05:10 PM
After almost 35 years traveling at over 35,000 mph, the venerable (and still operational!) Voyager 1 spacecraft is truly breaking through to the other side, crossing the outermost boundaries of our solar system into interstellar space — over 11 billion miles from home. (...)Read the rest of Voyager 1 Breaking Through the Borders of the [...]

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ravens_cry
2012-Jun-15, 08:32 PM
It's been a long time, getting from there to here.
When she first flew, the space shuttle was still in development and Skylab was in orbit.
Now the space shuttle has ended, and a private spacecraft has delivered supplies to a space station constructed and manned by several different nations.
It has indeed been a long time, and she still does science.
Amazing.
But even on that sad day when she ceases to function, she will continue to carry a beacon into the unknown, a shout into the void, a literal record of who we are as a species.
Thank you, to Voyager 1 and those who built and run this fine craft.
Thank you.

KaiYeves
2012-Jun-16, 06:14 PM
It's been a long time, getting from there to here.
When she first flew, the space shuttle was still in development and Skylab was in orbit.
Now the space shuttle has ended, and a private spacecraft has delivered supplies to a space station constructed and manned by several different nations.
It has indeed been a long time, and she still does science.
Amazing.
But even on that sad day when she ceases to function, she will continue to carry a beacon into the unknown, a shout into the void, a literal record of who we are as a species.
Thank you, to Voyager 1 and those who built and run this fine craft.
Thank you.
What he said.

mapguy
2012-Jun-18, 03:55 PM
On heavens-above.com, you can monitor the position of various probes leaving the solar system...
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...but if you compare the orbit of Neptune in that diagram to the orbit of Neptune in this Wikipedia diagram illustrating Sedna's orbit...
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...I realize that the scattered disc must extend way out beyond the heliopause, correct?