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Voyager 1 Exits the Solar System

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This is reaaallly cool. Congrats, little guy. This thing is almost 12 billion miles away right now. I don't see it discovering anything like alien life or something in my lifetime but who knows

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/13/science/in-a-breathtaking-first-nasa-craft-exits-the-solar-system.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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Could Ms. Dodd even find anyone who specialized in that piece of technology and could coax it to record more?

 

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She was able to find her man: Lawrence J. Zottarelli, 77, a retired NASA engineer. He came up with a solution. But would it work?

 

Leave it to Italians to "coax" things :aware:

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y dont they put a car battery mechanism which recharges the battery when it moves somehow

Because there's so few particles that it's moving through, there'd be really nothing to exert force to transfer energy to a battery.

Moreover, its weight would probably be a problem.

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Hasn't this been announced like 4 times already?

 

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People have been discussing what constitutes the solar system. For one thing, they assumed that the direction of the magnetic field would change when it was out of the solar system, but then scientists said that that wasn't necessarily the case etc etc etc

It's more that it's been determined that it did actually leave the solar system on August 25th, 2012.

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y dont they put a car battery mechanism which recharges the battery when it moves somehow

Because there's so few particles that it's moving through, there'd be really nothing to exert force to transfer energy to a battery.

not literally a car battery but just something that recharges itself

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y dont they put a car battery mechanism which recharges the battery when it moves somehow

Because there's so few particles that it's moving through, there'd be really nothing to exert force to transfer energy to a battery.

not literally a car battery but just something that recharges itself

If there was such a thing, we'd have solved the energy problem forever :P

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y dont they put a car battery mechanism which recharges the battery when it moves somehow

Because there's so few particles that it's moving through, there'd be really nothing to exert force to transfer energy to a battery.

not literally a car battery but just something that recharges itself

If there was such a thing, we'd have solved the energy problem forever :P

Why exactly didn't it have any solar panels? Or were those not an option way back when it was launched? Although then again they'd probably break quickly due to all of the crap that flies around in space.

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y dont they put a car battery mechanism which recharges the battery when it moves somehow

Because there's so few particles that it's moving through, there'd be really nothing to exert force to transfer energy to a battery.

not literally a car battery but just something that recharges itself

If there was such a thing, we'd have solved the energy problem forever :P

Why exactly didn't it have any solar panels? Or were those not an option way back when it was launched? Although then again they'd probably break quickly due to all of the crap that flies around in space.

What sunlight are you planning to capture?

 

Also, link related. We're not sure it's actually left the heliosphere.

Y'know. Sunlight? :box: Ah, it's too far away from the sun for solar panels to produce any kind of useful energy?

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Voyager has a nuclear reactor on it, it will work until it runs out of its (Russian supplied) Plutonium. I believe it actually shuts down certain functions as it depletes its supplies (for example, many radios that are used for gathering data will shut off).

 

It's too far from the sun to use solar power. Arguably, maybe even Earth is too far from the sun to efficiently create power. But that's another topic.

 

And [email protected] the comment about it moving. Remember F=ma, there's no resistance and very little acceleration, you're not going to create much power from that.

Edited by FREEDOM

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y dont they put a car battery mechanism which recharges the battery when it moves somehow

Because there's so few particles that it's moving through, there'd be really nothing to exert force to transfer energy to a battery.

not literally a car battery but just something that recharges itself

 

fudge the laws of thermodynamics :glasses:

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y dont they put a car battery mechanism which recharges the battery when it moves somehow

Because there's so few particles that it's moving through, there'd be really nothing to exert force to transfer energy to a battery.

not literally a car battery but just something that recharges itself

If there was such a thing, we'd have solved the energy problem forever :P

Why exactly didn't it have any solar panels? Or were those not an option way back when it was launched? Although then again they'd probably break quickly due to all of the crap that flies around in space.

What sunlight are you planning to capture?

 

Also, link related. We're not sure it's actually left the heliosphere.

Y'know. Sunlight? :box: Ah, it's too far away from the sun for solar panels to produce any kind of useful energy?

Think about the efficiency of solar panels on Earth, think about Earth's temperature, think about Pluto's temperature, extrapolate from there :cute:

 

it will work until it runs out of its (Russian supplied) Plutonium
In soviet Russia, plutonium runs out of YOU

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it will work until it runs out of its (Russian supplied) Plutonium

If NASA used Libyan plutonium, would the Libyans track down Voyager in deep space?

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If Kennedy's Wait Time Calculation is correct, we'll someday be able to build spacecraft able to potentially surpass Voyager and even bring her back home. That is unless we don't do something stupid like wipe ourselves out or succumb to some weird superflu.

Edited by Phoenix Rider

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If Kennedy's Wait Time Calculation is correct, we'll someday be able to build spacecraft able to potentially surpass Voyager and even bring her back home. That is unless we don't do something stupid like wipe ourselves out or succumb to some weird superflu.

http://what-if.xkcd.com/38/ -.-

 

Although then again if we assemble and fuel the spacecraft in space it'd be significantly easier (to get to Voyager, not to make the spacecraft) than the method Randall uses.

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