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Friday, May 27, 2005

Spacecraft Has Crossed Final Frontier

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(Earth Times) The Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached the so-called final frontier of the solar system, according to NASA's website. Edward Stone, Voyager project scientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, said, "Voyager 1 has entered the final lap on its race to the edge of interstellar space. This is an historic step in Voyager's race. We have a totally new region of space to explore, and it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Although this is an incredible feat (as it this is the only Earth craft at the edge of our "sun's domain") NASA may potentially shut down this $4.2 million project in order to help send men back to the moon and hopefully towards Mars. Although NASA is strained for funds as it races to beat out the private sector (such as Space Adventures) it would be wise to keep a project like this afloat since Voyager practically would be our "first contact" with anything out there since it is so far away (assuming their actually is life out there).

Stamatios M. Krimigis, another Voyager scientist said that they expect the craft to remain in the heliosheath for another 10 years before its plutonium power source is drained out in 2020...

Both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 have outlasted their initial mission life of five years. Voyager 2 has finished observing Uranus and Neptune and is currently 6.5 billion miles from the sun, heading in the opposite direction of Voyager 1.

Once these craft are able to get within the interstellar region of space it will be able to send back data of what it is like beyond the sun's domain and aid in any future interstellar travel towards other worlds. Currently as of this post their are 146 extra solar planets discovered orbiting 127 stars with the figure increasing every year. If humanity has not destroyed itself via atomic weapons or biological hazards, we may eventually reach some of these worlds, taking our first steps into the final frontier.

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By Blogger The Unorthodox Meerkat, at 11:30 AM EDT  

So when is it that that giant robot thingy incorporated in into its programming and calls it V Ger, before coming back to earth in Star Trek the Movie?

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