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Should NASA turn Voyager I around and bring it back to Earth?

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Re: Should NASA turn Voyager I back around?

Postby Army of GOD on Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:38 pm

uh oh, saxi posted bellsprout. This is definitely a trapthread for me.
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Re: Should NASA turn Voyager I back around?

Postby Funkyterrance on Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:43 pm

Army of GOD wrote:uh oh, saxi posted bellsprout. This is definitely a trapthread for me.


Ditto.
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Re: Should NASA turn Voyager I back around?

Postby Army of GOD on Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:47 pm

Funkyterrance wrote:
Army of GOD wrote:uh oh, saxi posted bellsprout. This is definitely a trapthread for me.


Ditto.


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Re: Should NASA turn Voyager I back around?

Postby Funkyterrance on Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:07 pm

Army of GOD wrote:
Funkyterrance wrote:
Army of GOD wrote:uh oh, saxi posted bellsprout. This is definitely a trapthread for me.


Ditto.


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Hehe, wasn't sure if you'd catch that or not.
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Re: Should NASA turn Voyager I back around?

Postby Army of GOD on Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:52 pm

shut up
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Re: Should NASA turn Voyager I back around?

Postby Phatscotty on Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:55 pm

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Re: Should NASA turn Voyager I back around?

Postby Funkyterrance on Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:01 pm

Army of GOD wrote:shut up


Lick my pokeballs.

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Postby 2dimes on Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:47 pm

Is it beyond half way yet?
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Re: Should NASA turn Voyager I back around?

Postby whitestazn88 on Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:36 am

just to clarify something, solar panels would stop working on the voyager like.... around uranus? i don't know exactly where, but they're not very efficient, and the strength of the sun is not strong enough that far from it, and once it passes the kuiper belt (if it even had that capability), it would still be 4.some light years away from the nearest star, so I doubt it could draw power from any light source.

shit, our solar system is so big that voyager 1, given infinite fuel, probably won't even reach the oort cloud by the time humanity has destroyed itself.
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Re: Should NASA turn Voyager I back around?

Postby Dukasaur on Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:26 am

whitestazn88 wrote:just to clarify something, solar panels would stop working on the voyager like.... around uranus? i don't know exactly where, but they're not very efficient, and the strength of the sun is not strong enough that far from it, and once it passes the kuiper belt (if it even had that capability), it would still be 4.some light years away from the nearest star, so I doubt it could draw power from any light source.

shit, our solar system is so big that voyager 1, given infinite fuel, probably won't even reach the oort cloud by the time humanity has destroyed itself.

Just to clarify, the light is indeed too dim where the Voyagers (1 and 2) are now for solar panels to have any effect. However, the Voyagers are powered by RTG nuclear reactors and 4 of the 10 scientific instruments on board Voyager 1 and 5 of the 10 scientific instruments on board Voyager 2 are still functioning.

They are also still under their own propulsion and accelerating. Voyager 1 is expected to encounter another star system first: within 40,000 years. They are heading in different directions, although both are riding the bow of the Heliosheath and are expected to break out into open space within a decade.
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Re: Should NASA turn Voyager I back around?

Postby x-raider on Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:35 am

x-raider wrote:Did they even equip it with a turn-around button?


I just want to clarify here. You do understand that they physically can't turn it around now, right?
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Re: Should NASA turn Voyager I back around?

Postby whitestazn88 on Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:42 am

Dukasaur wrote:
whitestazn88 wrote:just to clarify something, solar panels would stop working on the voyager like.... around uranus? i don't know exactly where, but they're not very efficient, and the strength of the sun is not strong enough that far from it, and once it passes the kuiper belt (if it even had that capability), it would still be 4.some light years away from the nearest star, so I doubt it could draw power from any light source.

shit, our solar system is so big that voyager 1, given infinite fuel, probably won't even reach the oort cloud by the time humanity has destroyed itself.

Just to clarify, the light is indeed too dim where the Voyagers (1 and 2) are now for solar panels to have any effect. However, the Voyagers are powered by RTG nuclear reactors and 4 of the 10 scientific instruments on board Voyager 1 and 5 of the 10 scientific instruments on board Voyager 2 are still functioning.

They are also still under their own propulsion and accelerating. Voyager 1 is expected to encounter another star system first: within 40,000 years. They are heading in different directions, although both are riding the bow of the Heliosheath and are expected to break out into open space within a decade.


Thanks for the info, I was just answering whoever said "why aren't there solar panels on it," but don't know much of anything regarding the actual devices or functionality of anything on the voyagers.

As for your time predictions, didn't voyager 1 just get into or pass the kuiper belt?

From there, the edge of the Heliosheath, or where solar wind is no longer effective, from my understanding, is according to wikipedia (assuming heliosheath and heliosphere are the same), up to 4 times greater than the distance of pluto.

Pluto is 39 AU from the sun, on average, the extent of the Kuiper belt is estimated at 30-50 AU from the sun (is "from the sun necessary"? I don't pretend to be knowledgeable about space). So that means, in 10 years, the voyager will travel up to 4 times the distance it already has since [whenever voyager was launched]? Is that possible or make sense? I assume that minimized effect of gravity from the sun and larger planets probably helps, but it really would increase the speed of voyager by that much?


Disregard the second part, I wanted to leave it up so some people have information about the solar system, but Voyager 1 is located ~130AU from the center of the solar system at this point based on my reading of the wiki page on the Heliosphere, so my question is null.
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Re: Should NASA turn Voyager I back around?

Postby Funkyterrance on Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:06 am

Dukasaur wrote:
whitestazn88 wrote:just to clarify something, solar panels would stop working on the voyager like.... around uranus? i don't know exactly where, but they're not very efficient, and the strength of the sun is not strong enough that far from it, and once it passes the kuiper belt (if it even had that capability), it would still be 4.some light years away from the nearest star, so I doubt it could draw power from any light source.

shit, our solar system is so big that voyager 1, given infinite fuel, probably won't even reach the oort cloud by the time humanity has destroyed itself.

Just to clarify, the light is indeed too dim where the Voyagers (1 and 2) are now for solar panels to have any effect. However, the Voyagers are powered by RTG nuclear reactors and 4 of the 10 scientific instruments on board Voyager 1 and 5 of the 10 scientific instruments on board Voyager 2 are still functioning.

They are also still under their own propulsion and accelerating. Voyager 1 is expected to encounter another star system first: within 40,000 years. They are heading in different directions, although both are riding the bow of the Heliosheath and are expected to break out into open space within a decade.


That's awesome that not only are we creating space junk but space nuclear waste as well. O:)
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Re: Should NASA turn Voyager I back around?

Postby bedub1 on Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:02 am

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Postby 2dimes on Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:38 am

bedub1 wrote:
x-raider wrote:
x-raider wrote:Did they even equip it with a turn-around button?


I just want to clarify here. You do understand that they physically can't turn it around now, right?

This entire thread is a troll trap.

That doesn't mean they can't have a discussion in it. Even if they... are both in the same brain.
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