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Voyager Status, What is it?
tuvas
post Dec 6 2006, 05:48 AM
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Anyone know the latest Voyager status? I've hear rumors, but I'm wondering if anyone has anything more concrete (I won't share the rumors, as I really don't know much about it, so...)
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post Dec 6 2006, 06:31 AM
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Curious, last report was published in August, exactly when V1 hit 100au milestone... sad.gif
Anyway, the two spacecrafts still alive, as confirmed by Cosmic Ray Subsystem data updated to one week ago and V2 Plasma Science data updated yesterday... smile.gif


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post Dec 6 2006, 08:45 AM
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The Voyager status reports are always late: very small team in an extended, extended, extended smile.gif mission. But the DSN tracking schedules are up to date, and they show normal activity. There has been the standard once per year memory readout recently. So there is no hint of a spacecraft issue I can see right now.

But Voyager 2 should cross the termination shock about now, Voyager 1 did this a couple of years ago. I have no insight and understanding of the science data. They should show this. And Voyager 1 should cross the next "shock" (I can never remember these solar system bondaries) in the not so far future.

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post Dec 6 2006, 10:37 PM
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You might be thinking of the Heliopause Analyst. Voyager 1 should be in the Heliosheath where the solar wind begins to mix with the Interstellar medium. The bow shock could be a bit further away than this image shows. It might be some time before Voyager 1 reach the bowshock, but it would be wonderful if it did. There wont be any TAU mission in the forseeable future so the two Voyagers will be the best shot we have of studying this region.
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post Dec 7 2006, 06:15 PM
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QUOTE (Myran @ Dec 6 2006, 03:37 PM) *
You might be thinking of the Heliopause Analyst. Voyager 1 should be in the Heliosheath where the solar wind begins to mix with the Interstellar medium. The bow shock could be a bit further away than this image shows. It might be some time before Voyager 1 reach the bowshock, but it would be wonderful if it did. There wont be any TAU mission in the forseeable future so the two Voyagers will be the best shot we have of studying this region.

The 'Soft' cosmic ray rate has been increasing since September and is up to ~30ips. It last peaked about Nov 2005. I have to wonder if this is correlated - with an appropriate time lag, with the increase in solar activity. It is a roller coaster out there.
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post Dec 8 2006, 12:26 AM
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. . . BEEP . . .

cold and dark


. . . BEEP . . .


still cold and dark


. . . BEEP . . .

yep, it's really cold, and really dark


. . . BEEP . . .

yawn



. . . BEEP . . .

really, really cold, and still dark




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post Dec 8 2006, 06:49 AM
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Space is Big.
Space is Dark.
It's hard to find
a place to park.
. burma shave.
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post Dec 8 2006, 07:21 AM
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post Dec 8 2006, 11:47 AM
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Shame it's too late to get Hawkwind's 1973 recording of Space is Deep added to the Voyagers' records...twelve string guitar, psychaedelic synths and memorably cheesy lyrics... Yep, that'd do me as I drifted off into the endless AUs...

The path goes onward through the night
Beyond the realms of ancient light


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post Dec 9 2006, 03:55 AM
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On that note, my bit of wistfulness for the Voyager music as it travels thru interstellar space would be the song from John Carpenter's early film Dark Star...

Benson, Arizona,
Warm wind thru your hair,
My body roams the galaxy,
My heart longs to be there.

Benson, Arizona,
Same stars in the sky,
But they look so much better,
When we watch them, you and I.


Coincidentally, Benson is less than an hour down the road from LPL.

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post Dec 9 2006, 07:54 AM
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QUOTE (mchan @ Dec 8 2006, 08:55 PM) *
Coincidentally, Benson is less than an hour down the road from LPL.

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I never knew there was a song about Benson, such a little town in Arizona, but it has it's own song... Sigh.
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post Dec 9 2006, 09:06 AM
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It's not merely a song about Benson, AZ. It's the somewhat improbable theme song of the John Carpenter student film-cum-cult-classic, Dark Star. It's a country-and-western song in format, but the lyric is about a lonely guy, flying through interstellar space at relativistic speeds, and thinking of everything -- and one special person -- he left behind.

If I can recall the words...

A million suns shine down,
But I see only one.
When I think I'm over you,
I find I've just begun.
The years move faster than the days,
There's no warmth in the light.
How I miss those desert skies,
Your cool touch in the night.

CHORUS:
Benson, Arizona, blew warm wind through your hair.
My body flies the galaxy, my heart longs to be there.
Benson, Arizona, the same stars in the sky,
But they seemed so much kinder when we watched them, you and I.

Now the years pull us apart,
I'm young and now you're old.
But you're still in my heart,
And the memory won't grow cold.
I dream of times and spaces
I left far behind,
Where we spent our last few days,
Benson's on my mind.

(CHORUS)


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post Dec 9 2006, 06:26 PM
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QUOTE (lyford @ Dec 8 2006, 01:21 AM) *
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post Dec 10 2006, 10:08 AM
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"Why do I always have to feed the alien?"

"Cause you brought the stupid thing on board in the first place!"
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post Dec 10 2006, 03:10 PM
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How could it be alive it was just a bag of gas?

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