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New Signs Voyager Is Nearing Interstellar Space

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the great-beyond dept.

Space 168

sighted writes "Yesterday, someone tweeting for the Voyager 2 spacecraft posted: 'Interesting. Compare my data 4 high-energy nucleons w V1's That increase is attracting attention!' Today, NASA says that scientists looking at this rapid rise draw closer to an inevitable but historic conclusion — that humanity's first emissary to interstellar space is on the edge of our solar system. Project scientist Ed Stone said, 'The latest data indicate that we are clearly in a new region where things are changing more quickly. It is very exciting. We are approaching the solar system's frontier.'"

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168 comments

When we get there... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40331861)

... if we don't immediately find life I will consider the mission a failure, begin binge drinking and accept drinks from any random android.

Re:When we get there... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40331891)

What's wrong with four niggers in a cadillac going off a cliff?
A cadillac seats five!

I just can see what the South Park boys would say (4, Funny)

Cryacin (657549) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332093)

To boldly probe where no man has probed before.

Re:When we get there... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40333133)

Never going to happen its shortly going to hit the big glass jar soon.

Re:When we get there... (4, Funny)

youn (1516637) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333547)

widen your horizons... you can accept random drinks from iphones, windows phones and blackberries too :p

First Post! (0)

cstacy (534252) | more than 2 years ago | (#40331871)

"You are the Slashdot Unit. You will listen to me. " (And, this being Slashdot: "My oath of celibacy is on record.")

Re:First Post! (4, Funny)

Brett Buck (811747) | more than 2 years ago | (#40331879)

Oh, I don't think you need an oath. It'll work itself out.

Re:First Post! (1)

bejiitas_wrath (825021) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333387)

The Decker unit will be able to assist you with greater efficiency.

Re:First Post! (2)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333767)

But can he mind meld with it??

hello? (5, Interesting)

ankhank (756164) | more than 2 years ago | (#40331971)

I am really hoping that once Voyager gets outside the local sun's bubble, it picks up a dial tone.

After all, what makes more sense than modulating the background, and talking only to species smart enough to pick it up, by getting outside their local bubble?

My guess is most species would have been a little slower to send a probe out that far, and grown up a bit more in the meantime.

But maybe.

Re:hello? (3, Insightful)

mug funky (910186) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332051)

if that's the case, wouldn't we cease to pick V1 up when it gets there?

Re:hello? (4, Interesting)

Kookus (653170) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333689)

Only if we are communicating with V1 with a known mechanism that gets absorbed/reflected by the solar system's border. Since we detect electromagnetic radiation from other stars, we can safely say there's a high probability of us still being able to communicate with V1 after it leaves.

Since we know we can receive electromagnetic radiation, and we are listening for it, then we haven't necessarily thought outside of the bubble enough to be listening to something else that would get reflected/absorbed by the border. In other words, we're not going to magically start receiving a different form of communication than what we already are detecting, because we just haven't gotten smart enough yet.

I'd say we have a better chance of something picking up our little V1 on their monitors and come check us out!

Re:hello? (1)

matunos (1587263) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332203)

And then... the invasion...

Re:hello? (4, Funny)

Evtim (1022085) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332759)

By gorgeous space amazons hunting the Galaxy for men to kidnap to do the job of a man (changing the light bulbs, rearranging the furniture, carrying the groceries....wait, did you expect something different)!

Re:hello? (1)

OakDragon (885217) | more than 2 years ago | (#40334103)

That is one new overlord I would welcome!

Re:hello? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40333091)

I am really hoping that once Voyager gets outside the local sun's bubble, it picks up a dial tone.

After all, what makes more sense than modulating the background, and talking only to species smart enough to pick it up, by getting outside their local bubble?

My guess is most species would have been a little slower to send a probe out that far, and grown up a bit more in the meantime.

But maybe.

Great, we'll be the AOL newbies of the galactic net.

Re:hello? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40333097)

"After all, what makes more sense than modulating the background, and talking only to species smart enough to pick it up, by getting outside their local bubble?"

Making the next Voyager mission a manned mission...and put Bobby Kotick on it. That way, if any species we happen to come across are very religious, we got the whole "sacrificial offering" thing already covered and can get on with the sharing of technologies (3d porn! Yay!).

nigger nigger nigger (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40331877)

first nigger post by a motherfucking nigger

Why don't nigger bitchs wear panties to picnics?
To keep the flies away from the chicken!

nigger nigger nigger

Re:nigger nigger nigger (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40331917)

A nigger and a spic fall from a tree, who hits the ground first?
The spic, the nigger never makes it because he's stopped by the rope.

Re:nigger nigger nigger (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332551)

is this honestly supposed to offend someone? I had no idea slashdot was frequented by 12 yr old white boys from suburbia.

Re:nigger nigger nigger (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332835)

It'll be fun to watch the skin fall from the bone when they cut the knife around your ear and pull the scalp away from the skull in front of your parents. I'll be jerking off to it.

Kelvans at it again apparently (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40331939)

The crew of Voyager had better hang onto their command posts and chairs to avoid extra jostling - the shockwave as they pass through the solar system barrier will be quite intense, as we all know.

Re:Kelvans at it again apparently (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332033)

Galaxy != Solar System.

Not that I'd expect a fan of that soft-scifi trash to know the difference...

Re:Kelvans at it again apparently (2)

mug funky (910186) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332105)

what is this i don't even?

Re:Kelvans at it again apparently (4, Funny)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333789)

Not that I'd expect a fan of that soft-scifi trash to know the difference...

I love sci-fi snobs, almost as entertaining as music snobs. Were you into sci-fi before it was cool?

Holes in a blanket (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40331953)

A little part of me wants to see it hit a wall, just to keep us guessing.

Re:Holes in a blanket (5, Funny)

friesandgravy (1086677) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332309)

TRUUMAAAAN!!

Re:Holes in a blanket (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40333451)

Transcript of the last voyager transmission:
SBONK!

And then ... (5, Funny)

Spacejock (727523) | more than 2 years ago | (#40331955)

Just waiting for it to go 'Clannggg' as it hits the painted wall. Shame about the lack of sound in space, but maybe George Lucas could make a movie about it.

Re:And then ... (2)

WinstonWolfIT (1550079) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332193)

Any appreciable change to the status quo would be welcome at this point. Humankind has never handled Infinity at all well.

Re:And then ... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332257)

Puleease! The signal we get from "Voyager" has been replaced by a fake transmitter a long time ago. ;)

Re:And then ... (1)

grim-one (1312413) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332367)

If it's a fake transmitter, then where is the signal coming from?

Re:And then ... (5, Insightful)

kd4zqe (587495) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332619)

It's being emulated by a Commodore 64 in southern Wales. Torchwood set it up just to keep us guessing.

Re:And then ... (5, Interesting)

aevan (903814) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332373)

Personally be more amused if just after it breaches the boundary we lose contact with it...
only for some amateur astronomer to detect a tiny object entering our solar system from the exact opposite side.

Re:And then ... (5, Interesting)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332419)

I'd be more amused if it flies back and tries to contact the whales. Or perhaps if its speed slows more and more, only to eventually fall back towards the sun again.

December 21, 2012 (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40331965)

It will pass the boundary on December 21st, 2012. The aliens will see it, and they will contact us. Then, everything changes.

Re:December 21, 2012 (5, Insightful)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332011)

I really hope you mean that as a joke. I really, really do.

Firstly, the mayan calander thing has been quashed so intensly it isn't even really worth reacting to.

Secondly, for aliens to even see something as fucking tiny as the voyager spacecraft, they would have to already be here. Even then they might not find it. Compare: voyager spacecraft VS Sol, our sun. You can fit many millions of earths inside our sun. You can fit billions of voyager spaceprobes in a single earth. The sun is tiny compared to the heliosheath it creates against the interstellar medium. Aliens with a telescope would not be able to see the voyager spacecraft. You can't even see it from earth! You can only find it with reaaaaaly sensitive radio telescopes.

No. Aliens won't be visiting earth any time soon unless they are already here. If they were already here, the probe leaving the heliosheath wouldn't mean a damned thing.

No. This is news, because for the first time ever, we have an instrument heading into the interstellar medium, sending us actual data. Up until now, it has all been deduction and theory. Now we are getting data. That is worth celebrating.

Leave the aliens alone.

Re:December 21, 2012 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332045)

Don't feed the trolls.

Re:December 21, 2012 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332117)

Is it really a troll, or was the OP just trying to be funny?

Keyword: trying.

Re:December 21, 2012 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332235)

Did you not see star trek first contact?

Re:December 21, 2012 (1)

rhook (943951) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332421)

The Voyager probes do not have warp engines.

Re:December 21, 2012 (1)

michelcolman (1208008) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332763)

The Voyager probes do not have warp engines

yet.

Just wait until their AI has sufficiently progressed.

Re:December 21, 2012 (1)

Noughmad (1044096) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333109)

Or until it collides with an alien probe.

Re:December 21, 2012 (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333647)

I thought it went through a black hole?

Re:December 21, 2012 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332281)

Wooosh!

Re:December 21, 2012 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332527)

Whoosh...

Re:December 21, 2012 (5, Funny)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333517)

Lighten up, Francis.

Re:December 21, 2012 (2)

Bigby (659157) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333775)

So you're saying there's a chance?

Re:December 21, 2012 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40333817)

No. Aliens won't be visiting earth any time soon unless they are already here. If they were already here, the probe leaving the heliosheath wouldn't mean a damned thing.

Unless, of course, the aliens are there, but they didn't detect us yet. Sure, we can detect planets around stars from really far away... but take a look at this list:
  list of nearest stars [wikipedia.org] , and possibility of planets around our nearest neighbor-star [wikipedia.org] .
We're this close to it and we don't even know if Alpha Centauri has planets. Look at it this way: we're fairly sure the solar system doesn't contain more big planets. But there's plenty of stuff on our own doorstep that we haven't even discovered yet. So yeah, aliens could be on our doorstep and not seeing us yet.

Consider the converse: if we happened to be hanging near Alpha Centauri and if (big if) we suddenly happened to see a device leaving the heliosheat, you betcha we'd be excited. Of course, the "let's go and visit those people" part would still have to wait for 20-odd years :)

Re:December 21, 2012 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40333993)

Jesus. Why not just come right out and say "How come you can put a man on the moon but can't stop my feet smelling bad?"

Re:December 21, 2012 (2)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332149)

It will pass the boundary on December 21st, 2012. The aliens will see it, and they will contact us. Then, everything changes.

And what that change entails all depends on whether or not Zephram Cochrane pulls a sawed off shotgun on them.

Re:December 21, 2012 (4, Funny)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333199)

What I want to know is what would have happened if he'd pulled out a Dildo.

Re:December 21, 2012 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40333561)

What I want to know is what would have happened if he'd pulled out a Dildo.

Pulled it out from *where* exactly?! :-(

Re:December 21, 2012 (1)

AbRASiON (589899) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333811)

Ever seen Species? I dunno we might have something here, ... well momentarily.

Re:December 21, 2012 (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332335)

They will see it because it slams into their ship. Not knowing the interstellar traffic laws we are found guilty of a crime.

Dec 2012 is when the aliens show up looking for their 500 quatloos. We don't have it so they just kill us.

Re:December 21, 2012 (1)

ericloewe (2129490) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333405)

Mass genocide over a traffic incident is way too harsh. They'll enslave us for 25 years to pay off the damage to their ship.

Re:December 21, 2012 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332521)

Do you have a permit for that?

Radiolab Episode on Voyager (5, Interesting)

three27 (806894) | more than 2 years ago | (#40331989)

I listened to a Radiolab episode several weeks ago, it originally aired in February 2012. However it definitely brought me up to speed on what they've been seeing out there. It's well worth the listen. Only about 20 minutes long.

"Is There an Edge to the Heavens?" [radiolab.org]

Don't get too excited (2)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332029)

It's just going to bounce off a glass wall with leds wired into it.

Re:Don't get too excited (3, Funny)

mug funky (910186) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332119)

but where do the wires go?

Re:Don't get too excited (2)

macraig (621737) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332255)

The wires are transparent conductive polymer traces on the backside of the glass, silly! Are you new here?

Re:Don't get too excited (5, Funny)

yanyan (302849) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332547)

The wires connect to this giant turtle...

Re:Don't get too excited (1)

Noughmad (1044096) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333115)

but where do the wires go?

All the way down.

V GER (1, Funny)

poly_pusher (1004145) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332107)

Is it going by the name V GER yet?

Alien on board (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332123)

I was dumbstruck for several seconds before I realized that the headline did NOT say: "Yesterday, someone tweeting on the Voyager 2 spacecraft posted:...."

Re:Alien on board (5, Funny)

lxs (131946) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332363)

Yeah that's just silly. The guys on the Voyager are too old and out of touch to have a twitter account.

Re:Alien on board (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40333799)

Looks like they may still be with the times: http://twitter.com/#!/NASAVoyager

How long before (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332183)

It comes back as a conscious being with all the knowledge of the universe?

Too late (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332245)

I was going to post something witty, interesting, and/or informative but realized that I'd be 16 hours and 38 minutes too late.

Ed Stone. Now That's a Blast From the Past. (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332415)

Dr. Stone was our first-quarter Physics Profession at Caltech [caltech.edu] in the Fall of 1982, where I was at first an Astronomy Major the, when I realized what I liked about telescopes was making them rather than looking through them, I changed my major to Physics.

Things didn't work out for me in the long run at Caltech, so in the end I graduated from UC Santa Cruz. I don't have my Doctorate yet but I did well in what graduate school I did attend.

Tsutomu Shimomura, of Kevin Mitnick fame and I were close friends at Caltech. Tsutomu and I met at Frosh Camp, the Freshman Orientation carried out at a Summer Camp on Catalina Island, out in the Pacific. It was quite cool.

Did you know that Tsutomu is a nuclear weapons designer, yet never obtained any manner of college degree, let alone a PhD? The chances are pretty good he never graduated high school.

While I graduated high school, my grades were quite poor as I have totally blown off all forms of formal education I have ever had anything to do with.

Caltech doesn't care whether you so much as graduated kindergarten you see, provided you demonstrably have the insight to do original research.

Tsutomu was on the verge of flunking out of Tech as he could never be bothered to do his homework, when the nuclear weapons community got wind of his interest in Theoretical Physics, largely published in colloboration with 1965 Nobel Physics Laureate Richard Feynman. The result was that every weapons lab in the Free World started hurling job offers at him. Tsutomu figured designing Hydrogen Bombs would be quite cool, so he eventually accepted Los Alamos' offer. His first job there, which I believe was unclassified and so openly published, was designing a hardware cellular automaton that was specialized for the purpose of modeling supersonic air flow. One can use it for designing fighter planes or reentry vehicles.

"It costs about the same as a Cray," Tsutomu explained one day, "But it does just that one calculation at a thousand times the speed of a Cray."

MichaelCrawford [softwareproblem.net] , who can't be bothered to recover his password.

Voyager return (2)

dark grep (766587) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332581)

I thought it had already returned from the Delta quadrant 10 years ago?

Re:Voyager return (2)

equex (747231) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332783)

Probably another timeline.

Translation please? (2)

subreality (157447) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332623)

"Interesting. Compare my data 4 high-energy nucleons w V1's That increase is attracting attention!"

I've tried four times and can't parse that string, let alone make sense of it. Can someone from the appropriate generation translate it for me, please?

Re:Translation please? (5, Informative)

YttriumOxide (837412) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332989)

"Interesting. Compare my data 4 high-energy nucleons w V1's That increase is attracting attention!"

I've tried four times and can't parse that string, let alone make sense of it. Can someone from the appropriate generation translate it for me, please?

Translation:
"Interesting. Compare my [Voyager 2's] data for high-energy nucleons with Voyager 1's [data for high-energy nucleons]. That increase [that is, the increase shown in Voyager 2's high-energy nucleon data over Voyager 1's high-energy nucleon data] is attracting attention!"

Re:Translation please? (3, Informative)

MindCrusher (1249502) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333411)

Acutally it's the increase in the particles/sec measured by Voyager-1 in the last months compared to the lack of a similar increase in the same data for Voyager-2. V1 is further away form the Sun and the decrease in the sollar wind intensity probably translates in more GCR (galactic cosmic rays) reaching that region of space when compared to the position of V2.

Re:Translation please? (4, Insightful)

higuita (129722) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333005)

i dont know much more than you, but from what read, its a measure of cosmic rays and it starting to increase fast... so it looks that there is less resistance for then to travel. That can be explained as a lower particles density around and so that Voyager is entering a bigger void (/dev/null even more empty if you prefer) :)
The rapid increase indicates a "frontier" as opposite to a very smooth increase, that would indicate a slow fade and harder to detect solar system limits.

Someone with more knowledge can correct be if i miss by a large margin :)

Re:Translation please? (1)

dtmos (447842) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333081)

Interesting. Compare my data 4 high-energy nucleons w V1's That increase is attracting attention!

translates to

Interesting. Compare my data on high-energy nucleons, received from Voyager 2 [nasa.gov] , with that received from Voyager 1 [nasa.gov] . That sudden increase in the rate of high-energy nucleons received by Voyager 1, compared to both the historical levels at Voyager 1 and the present level at Voyager 2, is attracting attention!

which translates to

Woo-Hoo! Graduation! At last!

Re:Translation please? (1)

Inda (580031) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333481)

no1 hs tm to type

I don't understand it either. Even if it's been typed on a phone, predictive text solves the problem of crappy keyboards. Heck, I can even miss all the correct letters on my Android keyboard and the correct word is displayed nine times out of ten.

K THX..... nope, I can't do it.

Re:Translation please? (2)

HybridST (894157) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333617)

Lrt's see hiw thr ipid tiucg fared... No predictive abilities at all... Imagine that!

every year we hear the same thing (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332773)

Are we there yet?

An illusion? (2)

Taantric (2587965) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332789)

Maybe the Universe, as we observe it from Earth, is a illusion produced by a vast computing machine, a Truman Show if you will, and when Voyager passes into interstellar space the computing power required to generate the extended illusion will exceed available capacity and Kansas will go bye-bye. Those Mayans were a clever bunch come to think of it.

The whole thing is just staggering (5, Interesting)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332819)

It takes nearly 17 hours for the data to get back from Voyager 1 to us. Now here on Earth we rarely run into significant delays in communications caused by the speed of light - geostationary satellites are one example, and moonbounce [wikipedia.org] is another. But even bouncing signals off of the moon only delays them by about two and a half seconds, and you need to transmit hundreds of watts into a very high gain aerial array to catch the tiny sniff of a signal that bounces back from the moon, 236000 miles away.

Okay, car analogy. On a dark night out in the country, look at a distant piece of road and watch for a car. From a mile or two off, its 21W brake light bulb seems pretty tiny and faint. Voyager 1's microwave link puts out about 20W, too.

Now I want you to imagine looking for that brake light when it is 11.3 thousand million miles away.

Re:The whole thing is just staggering (3, Interesting)

martas (1439879) | more than 2 years ago | (#40332943)

Okay, car analogy. On a dark night out in the country, look at a distant piece of road and watch for a car. From a mile or two off, its 21W brake light bulb seems pretty tiny and faint. Voyager 1's microwave link puts out about 20W, too.

Now I want you to imagine looking for that brake light when it is 11.3 thousand million miles away.

Fucking mindblowing... Thanks for the analogy. It's beyond amazing that it's even theoretically possible to detect something like that, let alone practically.

Re:The whole thing is just staggering (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40333851)

Awesome car analogy. However, you're out by an order of magnitude: you forgot that the 21 Watt brake bulb is only putting out about 2 Watts of visible light.

It's a lot easier to see things that are only 1.13 thousand million miles away. :)

Already from Saturn... (5, Informative)

Herve5 (879674) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333019)

I remember when the Huygens probe landed on Titan (Huygens, from the Cassini/Huygens mission: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassini%E2%80%93Huygens [wikipedia.org] )

I was part of the Huygens team, and I really experience a special moment as concerns time:
- building the Probe had been quite a long period in my own life (years)
- once launched, the travel from Earth to Saturn lasted *seven years* : enough for you to deeply change your business occupation, and mostly loose contact with your former team, customer team, science team
- then what was happening at that very time was, due to Earth/Saturn distance, transmitting the probe entry and descent data would last *longer than the real descent itself* : in other words, you were still waiting to see whether the thing you'd spent years in the building didn't just burn upon atmosphere entry, while you *knew* everything over there was finished already.

So believe me, this feeling of meeting back with friends lost for 10 years, to listen what your device may have sent some hours ago knowing that at present indeed all the adventure has been over for one hour... that was very special.

Also, the explanations of this to the journalists in the ground station rooms by your average public relation guy was definitely funny to watch :-D

Re:The whole thing is just staggering (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333157)

Now here on Earth we rarely run into significant delays in communications caused by the speed of light - geostationary satellites are one example, and moonbounce [wikipedia.org] is another.

Don't forget microsecond trading [slashdot.org] .

Imagine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332847)

... that _maybe_ one day in the distance future Voyager somehow manages to crash on a planet without being completley destroyed, is discovered by some new civilisation that discovers it and wonders what the fuck.

Imagine if that had been us?

Re:Imagine... (1)

residieu (577863) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333687)

Then they assume that Voyager is a primitive life form, upgrade it and send it back to Earth to merge with its creator. And wipe out any "Carbon Units" that get in its way.

Re:Imagine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40333985)

you mean STER-IL-IZE them

Meaning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40332947)

Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is the meaning of the data linked to? I'm somewhat confused.

Gibberish (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40333049)

Is the following really meaningful:

Compare my data 4 high-energy nucleons w V1's That increase is attracting attention

When something has to be read and re-read to try and parse any meaning, communication has failed utterly. Piss on Twitter.

I don't get it (1)

kikito (971480) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333233)

Does this mean that they don't know exactly where Voyager is? Why do they need to deduce its position from the nucleons' energy?

Re:I don't get it (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40333331)

They know where voyager is.

They don't know where interstellar space is.

It will be sad if radiation kills it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40333315)

So very, very sad.

I want to see this transmitting on my deathbed.

Re:It will be sad if radiation kills it. (2)

MilwaukeeMadAss (2521372) | more than 2 years ago | (#40334065)

So you can reenact the last scene out of 2001?

Summary not clear (2)

LordKronos (470910) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333347)

When I read the summary, I was a bit confused by it. It almost makes it sound like it's the Voyager 2 that is being talked about. To make things even more confusing, I had thought the Voyager 1 had done this already many years ago. I guess I somehow didn't make the distinction between the termination shock and the helopause a decade ago. The illustration in the 3rd link shows that all much better. It's also interesting to see that the heliosphere extends MUCH farther i the opposite direction. I never really thought about that, but I guess it's because the solar system is moving to the left in that illustration.

Again? (3, Funny)

residieu (577863) | more than 2 years ago | (#40333671)

This has to at least be the third time we've hit some definition of "The edge of the solar system"

This Is So Exciting! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40333803)

This is so exciting. We are rapidly approaching the point where the nothingness turns into an even greater void. Then perhaps another thousand years of nothingness.

Seriously. It is very cool that we have a probe so far out in the solar system/deep space, but the monthly updates in these breathless stories are redundant. We know it's WTFOT, there's no need for updates every thousand miles. 'Yep, it was way way out there, but now it's way wayer out there.'

The captcha reads "farther". How does it know?

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