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A head's up, the probe hasn't officially left the solar system yet.

This "news" story has been popping up about every month for the last couple years.

As it is, their reference is "some scientists believe", which does not make for a fact.

If I were a mod I'd lock this because it's getting real old reading about this every month.

+1

We don't know where the heliopause is. There have been plenty of articles already written based on statements from other scientists who believe Voyager is already beyond the heliopause, and others who think we're not even close to it yet. And even if it has, it's not really beyond the Solar System until it passes the limits of the Oort Cloud, which is probably a light-year out and still under the gravitational pull of the Sun.

It's a shame that scientists have to resort to sensationalism in this day and age to get headlines.
     
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Title should be changed to match the article.

And as said above;
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But Nasa says that it regards Voyager as still being inside the Solar System.

This is still cool though, technology never ceases to amaze. +1 Nasa
 
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Ok I see now, they can only realistically guess based on radiation data being sent back from Voyagerm which would appear to coincide with exiting the heliopause.

in my opinion, I think that's close enough. Seems to be out of the Radiation Bubble and the statistics support that, as well as the time spent traveling.


What I would like for NASA to dow now, is launch a new probe but utilizing something like Ion propulsion, and pack the ship with longer "battery" and more efficient solar panels, see if we cant cut Voyagers travel time in half or more.

What I would like at that point, is for the new probe to catch up to Voyager take a nice picture of it, and then zoom ever further into space and hopefully catch a picture of the ort cloud
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I'm just amazed that Voyager has operated for this long without any "real" maintenance.
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I'm just amazed that Voyager has operated for this long without any "real" maintenance.

lol just a few long distance "firmware" updates in teh 80's lol
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Originally Posted by Darius Silver View Post

Title should be changed to match the article.

And as said above;
This is still cool though, technology never ceases to amaze. +1 Nasa

They've changed it on the beeb, sneaky gits smile.gif Will change now if I can...
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post #27 of 64
The engineers behind Voyager are sure having the time of their lives with their creation smile.gif
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If only it could reach those "tourists" before the "2nd coming"...

I would hate to miss it (cause as we know the 2nd coming is always within the beholders lifetime). rolleyes.gif

Amazing feat NASA...hope Tyson's (others contribute too, he is the one most known todays) rebukes will spark some innovation towards this kind of noble goals once more.
I love that we have the Mars stuff still making progress, but it is too slow in comparison with the cold war space orgasm.
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http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/imagesvideo/imagesbyvoyager.html


Am, I not reading right? I dont see any current photos taken from Voyager One?
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Ok I see now, they can only realistically guess based on radiation data being sent back from Voyagerm which would appear to coincide with exiting the heliopause.

in my opinion, I think that's close enough. Seems to be out of the Radiation Bubble and the statistics support that, as well as the time spent traveling.


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What I would like at that point, is for the new probe to catch up to Voyager take a nice picture of it, and then zoom ever further into space and hopefully catch a picture of the ort cloud

This is pretty much what will happen. Doesn't matter if Voyager dies out, because the next ship would go much faster to get to where Voyager is now. (if they want to study it further). I think this kind of thing should be done with every probe. Give it a secondary task after the primary has been fulfilled. Some of them they run into asteroids to see what they do. Some go off into deep space. Some get burnt up by the sun. Etc.
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