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ljk4-1
post Jan 24 2006, 06:39 PM
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QUOTE (tedstryk @ Jan 24 2006, 12:39 PM)
Funny to think of...That was my 7th birthday.  rolleyes.gif  Of course, in those days, I don't think I had even heard of Voyager 2.
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You were SEVEN in 1986?

Okay, I'm officially old. Is there a face icon with a long beard and a cane?

You kids - in my day probes only flew by planets and took crude black and white images that had to be sent back at 8 bits per second. And it had to be done in a snowstorm uphill both ways!


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post Jan 24 2006, 07:20 PM
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I was digging through some boxes of memorabilia yesterday, and I came across my issue of Sky & Telescope magazine with Voyager 2's flyby of Saturn. Wow, that seems like ages ago! (and I had already been subscribing for 13 years by then)


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post Jan 24 2006, 07:25 PM
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QUOTE (tedstryk @ Jan 24 2006, 10:39 AM)
Funny to think of...That was my 7th birthday.  rolleyes.gif  Of course, in those days, I don't think I had even heard of Voyager 2.
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Good grief, I was two...


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post Jan 24 2006, 07:36 PM
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QUOTE (volcanopele @ Jan 24 2006, 08:25 PM)
Good grief, I was two...
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5 years here! biggrin.gif
Of course, back then, I didn't know squat about space, but still knew more than others around me.
I remember back in '89 thinking a lunar eclipse was due to Venus passing in front of the moon laugh.gif


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post Jan 24 2006, 08:06 PM
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QUOTE (ljk4-1 @ Jan 24 2006, 07:39 PM)
You were SEVEN in 1986?

Okay, I'm officially old.  Is there a face icon with a long beard and a cane?

You kids - in my day probes only flew by planets and took crude black and white images that had to be sent back at 8 bits per second.  And it had to be done in a snowstorm uphill both ways!
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Luxury. In my day, it were semaphore. At night, in a 'owling storm, it were. With only one flag, and that made out of me sister's frock. And she was small, due to the malnutrition, so it was a very small frock. Ragged, it was. Full of 'oles. Well, to tell t'truth, it was mostly 'oles. And they were too small to see.

You 'ad it bloody EASY!

Young people today, don't know owt.

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post Jan 24 2006, 08:56 PM
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QUOTE (ljk4-1 @ Jan 24 2006, 06:39 PM)
You were SEVEN in 1986?


So was I

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post Jan 24 2006, 09:26 PM
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It was 1989 that I really took up an interest, with Phobos-2 at Mars and then Voyager at Neptune. My students asked me today (I don't know how they found out it was my birthday) if it was hard revising papers back when I had to use a chisel. mad.gif


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post Jan 24 2006, 10:18 PM
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QUOTE (Bob Shaw @ Jan 24 2006, 10:06 PM)
Luxury.  In my day, it were semaphore. At night, in a 'owling storm, it were. With only one flag, and that made out of me sister's frock. And she was small, due to the malnutrition, so it was a very small frock. Ragged, it was. Full of 'oles. Well, to tell t'truth, it was mostly 'oles. And they were too small to see.

You 'ad it bloody EASY!

Young people today, don't know owt.

Bob Shaw

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I remember Sputnik 1 sad.gif

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post Jan 25 2006, 03:00 AM
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QUOTE (Bob Shaw @ Jan 24 2006, 02:06 PM)
Luxury.  In my day, it were semaphore.


We had to use carrier pigeons!
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post Jan 25 2006, 03:14 AM
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QUOTE (volcanopele @ Jan 24 2006, 01:25 PM)
Good grief, I was two...
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I was drawing breath before there were *any* artificial satellites!

Don't no one talk to me about feeling old (he said grumpily)...

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post Jan 25 2006, 03:51 AM
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That Sky & Tel cover does bring back memories...

I was 18 (legal age in MT in 1980), and I spent Nov 11th--or was it the 12th?-- of that year drinking beer with my high school physics teacher--ubernerd, yeah, I know-- at the Village Inn Pizza Parlor in Butte, MT & watching the Voyager 1 Saturn pics come in on their new-fangled big projection TV!!! (The local PBS affiliate carried the NASA feed).

Second ljk4-1...we need an old guy smiley!!! sad.gif


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post Jan 25 2006, 04:01 AM
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1986, I was 4. I don't know when exactly my interest in planets began, but by 4th grade, I knew more about the planets than the teacher did. I could recite the orbital times of all the planets, and the diameters of some. Most of that information came courtesy of Isaac Asimov's Library of the Universe books, which were thin but informative books made shorlty after Voyager 2's flyby of Neptune. One per planet and one for the Sun.
Still remember seeing The Grand Tour video, and cringing that it would be awhile until the 1997 launch of Cassini...and then the 7 year trip too. Just seemed like forever.
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post Jan 25 2006, 04:35 AM
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I was born October 17, 1955. I was just short of two years old when Sputnik 1 was launched. I was five and a half when Gagarin orbited the Earth (and I actually remember the event). I was 8 years old when Mariner 4 flew by Mars, and I was three months short of 14 when Apollo 11 landed on the Moon and when Mariners 6 and 7 flew past Mars.

I was 23 when the Pioneers flew past Jupiter, and I was 34 when Voyager 2 and PBS gifted me with "Neptune All Night."

I'll be three months shy of 60 years old when New Horizons encounters the Pluto system.

Then again, I was 48 when MER-A and MER-B landed on Mars. I'm 50 now, and the MERs are still going strong. Sort of puts it in perspective.

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post Jan 25 2006, 04:55 AM
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QUOTE (ilbasso @ Jan 24 2006, 01:20 PM)
I was digging through some boxes of memorabilia yesterday, and I came across my issue of Sky & Telescope magazine with Voyager 2's flyby of Saturn.  Wow, that seems like ages ago!  (and I had already been subscribing for 13 years by then)

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That was my first issue of my first subscription to Sky and Tel.

Have 'em all ever since.

Thanks for the nostalgia.
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post Jan 25 2006, 07:51 AM
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I know this is getting off-topic, but I had to reply...

I was about -1 then. I was born in February 1987.

So there. tongue.gif
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