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    Kind of sobering isn't it.
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    Default Re: Voyager has left the building?

    Pretty amazing considering it's still going strong so many years after it was launched. I was 6 years old when it launched. Quite sobering in that respect. Cheers to the engineers that designed it!
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    10 more yrs left of power, amazing, cant wait to see what info it brings us!
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    Default Re: Voyager has left the building?

    As a reminder of just how daunting the prospect of human interstellar travel is, this craft has been traveling for 35 years and it's only 16 LIGHT HOURS earth... still in our own back yard.
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    Default Re: Voyager has left the building?

    Consider that the closest stars to Earth are 4 light years away...not too bad a journey except you would have to be going the speed of light to get there in that timeframe. The distances involved going between objects in our own solar system are mind boggling, let alone between stars. Blows your mind. But it also somehow stimulates the human imagination and drive to explore. We'll visit those stars with a probe or a manned mission someday, just not today

    Still the Voyager probes are awesome. NASA got their money's worth with those probes.
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    That is why it would be impossible for humans to explore deep space unless a way of traveling through something like a worm hole becomes reality. The distances are far to great for the speeds we can obtain or the amount of fuel that can be carried on board.
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    Well there was the Project Daedalus study which sounds reasonable but don't know if we'd do it or not. There'd be no financial gain for a private corp to do anything like that and governments are so tight on cash these days, not likely to happen. Don't even know if it would work or not.
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    Default Re: Voyager has left the building?

    It's sobering when you sit back and realize just how far it is even to the nearest star, let alone one with earthlike planets. A very major propulsion break through will be needed before we (humans) can leave this rock to go anywhere other than this solar system.
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    Default Re: Voyager has left the building?

    Sixteen light hours in thirty-five years is pretty humbling. Think of the engineering accomplishments across so many disciplines, the attention to detail, the time-frame in which this was accomplished - twenty years or so into the space program.

    How many of us have a TV, or even something as simple as a toaster that is still operating after thirty-five years? Let alone in a high-radiation, vacuum, and low Kelvin environment? It is both humbling, and mind-boggling. And ten more years until the power source finally wanes...
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    Truly a much larger accomplishment than most will ever realize, as was the speed they reached the moon after JFK's speech. There was no such thing as it can't be done. Everything was looked at those days as a challenge not an obstacle.
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