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The first age of space exploration has been carried out by the hardy little probes… and the curiosity and hopes of our entire species have been carried by them out beyond the Sol system!! Humans are well adapted to life on Earth but require so much infrastructure to support life in space that I wonder if it will ever be economically feasible for humans to live in space long term.
I suspect it will be our machines that will explore the stars as our proxies, and not us directly. In any case congratulations to the Voyager team for its stunning success, both in the solar system and now beyond it. We need more missions like Voyager! Worth making it clear for lay readers that the Voyagers, Pioneers 10 and 11 and now New Horizons were already interstellar vehicles once they passed Jupiter, as after that point they were travelling too fast to remain bound to the Sun.
But there is no sharp or stable boundary in space where one can say that solar space ends and interstellar space begins. In time, probes will be made to communicate with each other as well as or instead of with Earth. This will, in very natural fashion, create the nucleus of the galactic internet we have talked about before. You see, our space program is not really stagnating, and we do not have hundreds of years to wait to become interstellar.
Transportation of books and other media for sharing and circulation with our friends and neighbors has been around for centuries — occurring first on foot, then hoof, then motorized wheel, and now, inertia. A travelling library often used to provide books to villages and city suburbs that had no library buildings, the bookmobile went from a simple horse-drawn cart in the 19th century to large customised vehicles that became part of American culture and reached their height of popularity in the mid-twentieth century.
These barriers, however, were social. A sample collection of images of early [motorized] bookmobiles used in the US and abroad reveals how the bookmobile was critical to educational outreach. The images help capture how the library, and the bookmobile in particular, served as a tool used for inclusivity, crossing barriers of social class, race, gender, age, and geographic location.
The bookmobile helped unite the planet — the wealthy and poor, black and white, young and old, inner city and remote mountains — by appealing to our common desire for learning and intellectual exploration and then reaching out to everyone. The library connects us with the insights and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all of our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species.
Public libraries depend on voluntary contributions. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.
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Launched in , the probe is vintage space hardware. She recalled when she started working with the mission in , they were using then-state-of-the-art desktop computers with 8-inch floppy drives. The computers aboard the Voyager probes each have The Voyager machines are capable of executing about 81, instructions per second. The smart phone that is likely sitting in your pocket is probably about 7, times faster than that. They transmit their data back to Earth at bits per second.
A slow dial-up connection can deliver at least 20, bits per second. Earlier this year, NASA spacecraft Voyager 1 left our solar system after a year journey, carrying with it a golden record containing sounds, images and music from Earth.
Its sister craft, Voyager 2, carries an identical record. The records were designed to encapsulate the aural heritage of Earth in 90 minutes — but some preliminary investigation, however, reveals that there a few inaccuracies in the official NASA documentation about the golden records. When senior Aboriginal men Djawa, Mudpo and Waliparu gathered one night in on Milingimbi mission in Arnhem Land for a recording session with Australian anthropologist Sandra Le Brun Holmes, they little dreamt that their music would be heading to the stars on the famous spacecraft.
This is how Sagan summed up the purpose of the golden records in , the year following their launch:. Our concern with time and our sense of the Voyager message as a time capsule is expressed in many places on the record — greetings in Sumerian, Hittite and! They are mentioned in the same breath with long-dead cultures known mainly from archaeology.
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Azerbaijani music is on its way to the stars encased in a gold-coated, copper phonograph record attached to the sides of two NASA spacecrafts, Voyagers I and II, which were launched on August 20th and September 5th, NASA scientists who organized this project were intrigued by the possibility that extraterrestrial life might exist. But the possibility of contacting intelligent extraterrestrial civilization always stirs our imagination so, perhaps, the value of such an experiment is much more beneficial to us human beings on earth than to extraterrestrials.
Its real function, therefore, is to appeal to and expand the human spirit, and to make contact with extraterrestrial intelligence a welcome expectation of mankind. Journey of Voyager 1 through space has been marked by milestones in scientific exploration and learning. On Sept. Within its spindly metal framework was a gold-plated audio-visual disc filled with photos, music and messages from the people of Earth.
Although its primary mission was to conduct a scientific reconnaissance of Jupiter and Saturn, scientists also knew there was a good chance that the probe would eventually leave our solar system someday and enter the great void of interstellar space. Consequently, a team of scientists and engineers, led by Carl Sagan, viewed Voyager as a unique opportunity for humanity to send a greeting card into space — a cosmic message in a bottle. And, like children on a beach, we have patiently watched our bottle slowly drift farther and farther from shore.
Last month, we learned that it finally has dipped below the horizon, and we can do nothing more now than simply hope that, someday, our bottle may be found. It is a certain longing that has been troubling us for decades, and it chills our souls whenever we contemplate the size of the universe and the incredible number of stars and planets contained within it. On August 25, , the scientists say, Voyager 1 exited a giant invisible bubble called the heliosphere that is inflated by a torrent of subatomic particles spewing from the sun.
Now the probe is surrounded almost exclusively by particles produced by other stars. The sun continues to exert gravitational dominance out to hundreds of times the distance of Voyager 1 from the sun, where trillions of icy pebbles, boulders and comets orbit. In the last 36 years, Voyager has traveled an impressive Now in the wholly unknown environment of interstellar space, Voyager 1 promises to return a wealth of previously unattainable data for scientists and an equivalent trove of inspirational discoveries and perspectives for non-scientists.
Even if our emissary is crippled and slowly decaying, humanity has become an interstellar species. The science team had to creatively repurpose what working instruments Voyager 1 has left to confirm its interstellar status. But perhaps even more incredible is that the Voyager missions happened at all. He often asks himself the question of why humans were driven to explore and neanderthals were not. By reaching out into new places, we exploit untapped biological niches for ourselves. The flexible software of our brains could more quickly adapt to new surroundings, and in doing so the new surroundings would themselves select for our own adaptations that make us flexible.
The drive for exploration and expansion in this sense can be considered a phenotype — the physical expression of a gene or set of genes in an organism. Richard Dawkins expanded on the concept with his theory of the extended phenotype, which is any characteristic or expression in the world that helps in the survival of those genes, regardless of whether they are in the same body of the genes themselves.
Thought of in this way, the Voyagers are the ultimate extended phenotype of our species. A few mutated genes in the bodies of our ancient ancestors hundreds of thousands of years ago have found their expression in the hardened metal and golden plates of these spacecraft.