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Voyager antenna operator: 'I was the first human to see images from Neptune'

When Richard Stephenson drives to work, there's a chance that later that day he'll become the first human to see new details of Mars, a moon of Saturn, or the far reaches of the solar system. Again. Stephenson's seen plenty of such firsts because his job as an Operations Supervisor at the Canberra Deep Space Tracking Complex …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2017
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Big Content and Big Bit Barn are escaping the clutch of Big Photon

Facebook's tipped its in-house designed Voyager packet optical switches into the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), with Equinix signing on as crash-test dummy for the switches. Packet optical switches are backbone-scale devices that make switching decisions in the optical domain, without having to convert the traffic into …
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Voyager 2's closest Saturn swoop was 35 years ago today

The Voyager mission is celebrating another remarkable milestone, the 35th anniversary of Voyager 2's closest encounter with Saturn. Voyager 1 launched on September 5th, 1977, a few days after Voyager 2's August 20th, ascent. Despite that launch order, Voyager 1 made it to Saturn first, making its closest approach on November …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2016
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Think Fortran, assembly language programming is boring and useless? Tell that to the NASA Voyager team

Updated If you thought Fortran and Cold War-era assembly language programming is pointless and purely for old-timers, guess again. NASA has found an engineer comfortable with the software to keep its old space-race-age systems ticking over. In an interview with Popular Mechanics this month, the manager of NASA's Voyager program …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Oct 2015
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Has Voyager 1 escaped the Sun yet? Yes, but also no, say boffins

Voyager 1, the deep space probe launched in 1977 and thought to have left the Solar System hasn't entirely escaped the parts of space where Sol holds sway. So says a new contribution to The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Triangulation of the interstellar magnetic field . Boffins have debated whether Voyager 1 has left the …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2015
Voyager's golden record

Voyager's Golden Record now free to download

When NASA launched the two Voyager probes in 1977, it knew that they were on a one-way journey into the galaxy. So on the off chance they encountered another sentient species, NASA equipped both with a golden record full of information about Earth. When we say record, think vinyl, grooves in a disk and the need for a stylus to …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2015

NASA: Humanity has finally reached into INTERSTELLAR SPACE

Data beamed back from the Voyager 1 spacecraft has shown that the probe has left our Solar System and entered interstellar space, becoming the first manmade object to travel beyond mankind's home system. At a press conference on Thursday, NASA engineers said that the probe actually made the leap last year after travelling 12 …
Iain Thomson, 13 Sep 2013
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Boffins claim Voyager has already left the Solar System

There's a boffin battle brewing at the fringe of the Solar System. At issue is whether the venerable Voyager 1 spacecraft has left the region where Sol's electromagnetic winds blow, or is still in the tiny pocket of space we call home. The “we're outta here” camp has penned a letter in The Astrophysics Journal titled “A …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2013
Voyager 1 Explores the 'Magnetic Highway'

Voyager 1 'close' to breaking through to DEEP SPACE - boffins

Boffins still aren’t sure just when the deep-space Voyager probe will cross the line into interstellar space, but new data from the spacecraft makes them believe it’s close. Voyager 1 Explores the 'Magnetic Highway' Voyager 1, which is now more than 18 billion kilometres from the sun, has now experienced two out of the three …

Voyager goes off a (helio) cliff

Probably the most-loved survivor of 1970s space optimism, Voyager, has sent back signals indicating that it's left the heliosphere. Scientists are now discussing whether they should consider the 35-year-old probe to be in interstellar space, or to have entered a new region of space that hasn't been previously described. The …

Hitachi claims glass data storage will last millions of years

Hitachi is showing off a storage system using quartz glass that it claims will retain data for hundred of millions of years. Company researchers displayed the storage unit, consisting of a sliver of glass 2cm square and 2mm thick, which can hold 40MB of data per square inch, about the same as a standard CD. The data is written …
Iain Thomson, 24 Sep 2012
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Voyager's 35th birthday gift: One-way INTERSTELLAR ticket

As NASA's Voyager probes complete their 35th year of operation, Voyager 1 has sensed a second change in the surrounding expanse of obsidian nothingness - just as scientists predicted would happen before the craft enters interstellar space. Artist's impression of Voyager 1 and 2 in the heliosheath Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech …
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Starship Voyager dumped into skip

One Trekkie's dream of boldly going where no interior designer has gone before appears to be over – thanks to his estranged wife, who has decided his starship Voyager-themed flat isn't entirely suitable for the terrestrial housing market. Former DJ Tony Alleyne, 58, has spent 10 years and a wad of cash coverting the one-bed …
Lester Haines, 24 Jan 2012
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NASA shuts off Voyager 1's central heating

NASA has switched off a heater on a part of the Voyager 1 probe, plunging the temperature of its one functioning instrument to below minus 110° Fahrenheit (minus 79°C) – well below the minimum temps of minus 31° Fahrenheit (minus 35° C) at which it was designed to operate. Space boffins took the decision in order to conserve …
Adam Smith, 20 Jan 2012
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Voyager probe reaches edge of Solar System's 'bubble'

NASA's famous Voyager 1 space probe, sailing outwards into the interstellar void far beyond the orbit of Pluto, has entered a new and never-before-seen region of space thought to be the very edge of the "bubble" maintained around the solar system by the power of the Sun. "We shouldn't have long to wait to find out what the …
Lewis Page, 6 Dec 2011
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Voyager 2 finally agrees to a long hard thrust

Voyager 2 has finally gotten back to NASA to let engineers know that its switch to back-up thrusters was successful. Artist's impression of Voyager 1 and 2 in the heliosheath Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Artist's impression of Voyager 1 and 2 in the heliosheath Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The space agency sent the signal last …

NASA tells Voyager 2 to save its strength

Voyager 2 is conserving energy by using its back-up thrusters as it continues to boldly go where no spaceship has gone before. The second of NASA's explorers of the space beyond our solar system has accepted commands from the space agency's Deep Space Network personnel to switch to the back-up thrusters that control the roll …
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Runaway hydroponic fungus attacks real-world Starship Voyager

The Leicestershire Trekkie who turned his flat into a replica of the Starship Voyager spent two years battling an alien mould attack, unaware that it was caused by a dope farm in the property below. Tony Alleyne, 57, spunked £30k to convert his Hinckley gaff* into a homage to Star Trek, but was forced to do some serious …
Lester Haines, 7 Jan 2011

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