Voyager 1 is about to reach for the stars
35 years after he was sent on a daring mission to the Space probe Voyager is leaving our solar system to embark on an even bigger adventure. This brave spacecraft will cross soon a plasma bubble that surrounds our system and that is created precisely because the sun is hot and turbulent bubble will be a final test to test the resistance of the probe.
Scientists hope that once left behind the bubble, the Voyager will encounter a new frontier of the Milky Way, the space between the stars, say that once you get past this, it is expected to calm things. How soon cross this bubble? No one knows, could be days, weeks, months, maybe more.
The Voyager is the longest ship ever built and durable than humans, it is also the most distant from home, thousands of millions of miles away from the earth. When built, nobody knew for sure how long achieved to remain active, to the surprise of many of the engineers who created it, and spent 35 years and counting, a very impressive record especially if it is contemplated that took the seventies technology.
To give you an idea of what technology is ancestral, each probe (Voyager 1 and Voyager 2) are 68kilobytes fabulous amount of memory, the iPod nano has 8GB. Each has a recorder “eight-track” (eight tracks) a format that died decades ago, today everything is recorded digitally.
The original mission of the Voyager was visiting the planets Saturn and Jupiter, and you take them some pictures but did more than that. Its rustic technology managed to capture volcanoes on the surface of Io, a moon of Jupiter and managed to capture traces of methane rain on Titan, Saturn’s moon.
Now the cameras are off, but continues to analyze spatial information it takes about 17 hours to reach the ground, 13 in the case of its sister Voyager 2. Today there is a dedicated 100% to the Voyager, however there are about 20 scientists who devote some of their time to analyze the information transmitted to a computer as old as they are, in fact, they say it’s like a office cubicle government for 35 years and if it were not for the signs of “the Voyager ultrasensitive equipment, do not touch” no one would notice.
The total cost of both missions to date has been approximately USD $983 million, of course, that in 1977 money, if you update to the crisis, debt, inflation, etc.. Amount USD $3.7000 million.
The nuclear source that gives life to the probes have the energy to get up to 2020 or so, at that time, scientists hope to be floating among the stars.
Link: Voyager 1 Spacecraft Heads For Stars 35 Years After Launch (TheHuffingtonPost)Tags: NASA, Nuclear energy, plasma, Space, Voyager 1, Voyager 2