Saturday, September 14, 2013

To Boldly Go ...

I offer this thought to give us a sense of perspective.

Voyager I was launched in 1977, and has traveled approximately 11 BILLION miles since then, and is now leaving our solar system (hyper technically our heliosphere), into inter-stellar space (again hyper technically after passing through the Oort cloud). This marks the first human made object to do so in our history ... our complete history.

Traveling at about 38000 miles per hour, it will next come into contact with a star system in about 40,000 years.

Voyage II is right behind it at about 9 BILLION miles and take another 5 years or so to get out there.

Makes me feel a bit smaller ... and also awed at what we can accomplish as a species.

Embedded video from
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology

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