Peter 'Happy' Thomas (happypete) wrote,
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Voyager still returning science data after 33 years

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Those of you that know me well, know that I'm a bit of a "space buff."  That said, I'm still learning something new constantly  This year has been amazing, as I found myself re-acquainting myself with the Shuttle Program through the happy circumstance of being selected for the NASA STS-133 Launch Tweetup.

That experience is ongoing--it looks like I'll be heading back down in February when a new launch date in one of the upcoming windows is set.

However, today, I learned that a mission just a bit older than the Shuttle is also continuing to return science dividends to this day.  The solar wind measured by Voyager 1  is now travelling sideways relative to its path from the solar system.  It is, quite literally, on the edge of interstellar space, where our sun ceases to be the dominant player in the immediate space around it.

I hadn't realized that Voyager was doing anything more than "pinging."  So glad to hear that it's still providing new data, year after year.

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  • Farewell

    photognome died of heart failure yesterday. I don't have words right now.

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