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Voyager 1 Reaches the Edge

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"NASA's Voyager 1 has reached the final frontier of our solar system, having traveled through a turbulent place where electrically charged particles from the Sun crash into thin gas from interstellar space.Astronomers tracking the little spaceship's 26-year journey from Earth believe Voyager 1 has gone through a region known as termination shock, some 8.7 billion miles from the Sun, and entered an area called the heliosheath."http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...pace_voyager_dcSuper cool and amazing!

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I am always stunned by where that little craft has reached. I seem to recall that the power of the signal is less than that of a bedside alarm clock...yet those antennas pick it up!How exciting....and we think NY-Tokyo is long haul hee hee.

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I suppose it gives some perspective on how long these kinds of journeys really take - 20+ years to the outer edge of our solar system is a looooong time.

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'Super cool and amazing!'...absolutely! Kinda makes me wonder why I should even be wondering about or, indeed, feeling any concern about the projected useful lifespan of my computer's hardware when that little fella is still going strong after all this time.Mike

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Sometimes I think the environment in my office is more harmful than outer space vis-a-vis computer hardware. In space, no one can hear you reboot.

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-------------------------------------------------------------------------In space, no one can hear you reboot.-------------------------------------------------------------------------Haha! Good one :)

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