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(Ars Technica)   Voyager 1 fires up its trajectory thrusters for the first time since 1980 and they work just fine. Meanwhile, your car starts up funny any time you let it sit for two days   ( arstechnica.com) divider line
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2017-12-01 11:27:10 PM  
Only like 200 years before it gets to the machine planet. Then we'll be sorry.
 
2017-12-02 12:04:47 AM  
That's what Voyager wants us to believe.  The signal is coming from inside the Space Center.
 
2017-12-02 12:16:47 AM  
Bravo to all the scientists and engineers who made Voyager 1.  They obviously did and exceptional job.
 
2017-12-02 12:24:24 AM  
Well, duh. They obviously purchased the extended warranty.
 
2017-12-02 12:51:35 AM  

PainInTheASP: Well, duh. They obviously purchased the extended warranty.


Smart
 
2017-12-02 01:55:05 AM  
It's trying to get as far from Earth as possible. Right now I don't blame it.
 
2017-12-02 02:04:23 AM  
So it's properly oriented to crash-land on the Borg home world now?
 
2017-12-02 02:30:35 AM  
Just keep it away from our sexy, bald women!
 
2017-12-02 02:33:27 AM  
*blows a kiss to the spacecraft*

(Voyager instantly senses the tiny kittysmooch)

Love is faster than light.
 
2017-12-02 02:46:00 AM  

Kittypie070: *blows a kiss to the spacecraft*

(Voyager instantly senses the tiny kittysmooch)

Love is faster than light.


Seems a bit premature.
 
2017-12-02 02:49:50 AM  

fusillade762: It's trying to get as far from Earth as possible. Right now I don't blame it.


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2017-12-02 02:53:26 AM  

PainInTheASP: Well, duh. They obviously purchased the extended warranty.


I'm add old as a spacecraft, and I don't think I have an extended warranty.

But then I'm as old as a farking spaceship. That's farking awesome.
 
2017-12-02 02:55:48 AM  
It'd really suck if they sent the command, the valve got stuck, and 40 hours later they find out Voyager was out there spinning around until it ran out of propellant.
 
2017-12-02 03:11:16 AM  
Cool, 2 or 3 more years of communication while it is between star systems. Crazy that something man made is so far away, relatively speaking.
 
2017-12-02 03:13:14 AM  
Let me offer in my smallitude this prayer of a song:

A still more glorious dawn awaits, not a sunrise but a galaxyrise. A morning filled with 400 billion suns.

Carl Sagan - 'A Glorious Dawn' ft Stephen Hawking (Symphony of Science)
Youtube zSgiXGELjbc
 
2017-12-02 03:27:26 AM  
I remember when the Voyagers were launched. I was six. To think they're still out there accepting and executing commands is amazing. It's destined to travel through deep space for millennia now.
 
2017-12-02 03:38:30 AM  

BadReligion: Cool, 2 or 3 more years of communication while it is between star systems. Crazy that something man made is so far away, relatively speaking.


It's still mostly in the solar system
 
2017-12-02 04:10:56 AM  

doglover: BadReligion: Cool, 2 or 3 more years of communication while it is between star systems. Crazy that something man made is so far away, relatively speaking.

It's still mostly in the solar system


The Oort coud is farking huge.
 
2017-12-02 04:14:21 AM  
V'ger is Voyager 6, not this one.
 
2017-12-02 04:24:16 AM  
My Aztek starts funny (not HAHA) no matter how I look at it.

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2017-12-02 04:38:50 AM  

farking_texan: V'ger is Voyager 6, not this one.


V'GNY
 
2017-12-02 05:21:14 AM  
How did they send the command? Do they have an old Apple ][ computer that keeps contact with the probe, and they haven't shut it off in 40 years?
 
2017-12-02 05:42:48 AM  

SpinStopper: My Aztek starts funny (not HAHA) no matter how I look at it.

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You have GOT to shoop a pizza on that roof in the background.
 
2017-12-02 06:59:16 AM  

Ishkur: How did they send the command? Do they have an old Apple ][ computer that keeps contact with the probe, and they haven't shut it off in 40 years?


They have old Engineers who can read and write old code. This is being executed by retirees. https://www.nytimes.com/201​7/08/03/mag​azine/the-loyal-engineers-steering-nas​as-voyager-probes-across-the-universe.​html
 
2017-12-02 07:13:47 AM  
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2017-12-02 07:57:40 AM  

SpinStopper: My Aztek starts funny (not HAHA) no matter how I look at it.

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My cousin used to drive one of those. He plays the double bass and lives lives in Boston. He said the convenience of transporting his bass and being able to park in a small spot more than made up for it being a ridiculous looking car.

His was one of the older,even sillier looking Aztecs.
 
2017-12-02 08:54:57 AM  
It's still doing exactly what it was designed to do. So nice to see a Voyager that doesn't abandon its premise.
 
2017-12-02 09:22:31 AM  

holdmybones: SpinStopper: My Aztek starts funny (not HAHA) no matter how I look at it.

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My cousin used to drive one of those. He plays the double bass and lives lives in Boston. He said the convenience of transporting his bass and being able to park in a small spot more than made up for it being a ridiculous looking car.

His was one of the older,even sillier looking Aztecs.


I miss my Ass-tek.
 
2017-12-02 09:42:38 AM  

Makh: That's what Voyager wants us to believe.  The signal is coming from inside the Space Center.


Is that the engineering horror version of "The call is coming from *inside* the house!"?
 
2017-12-02 09:46:30 AM  
Good thing it's not the Plymouth version....the transmission would have gone bust half way to Jupiter.
 
2017-12-02 09:52:56 AM  

SpinStopper: My Aztek starts funny (not HAHA) no matter how I look at it.

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Did.....did you buy aftermarket wheels for that Aztek?
 
2017-12-02 09:53:47 AM  

Ishkur: How did they send the command? Do they have an old Apple ][ computer that keeps contact with the probe, and they haven't shut it off in 40 years?


customized Unix my friend. which is why i use Linux.  snicker
 
2017-12-02 10:01:04 AM  

Ishkur: How did they send the command? Do they have an old Apple ][ computer that keeps contact with the probe, and they haven't shut it off in 40 years?


A controller directly attached via a very very long cord.
 
2017-12-02 10:07:37 AM  

jaggspb: Ishkur: How did they send the command? Do they have an old Apple ][ computer that keeps contact with the probe, and they haven't shut it off in 40 years?

A controller directly attached via a very very long cord.


TWO pong controllers.
 
2017-12-02 10:08:22 AM  
I had a 96 V8 T-Bird that I let sit for 2 whole weeks.  When I went to start it, it took several minutes for it to stop shaking and spitting out smoke, and that was back in 1997.

Meanwhile I started my 98 truck the other day that had been sitting for several months and it ran just fine.  I do need to drive it more.
 
2017-12-02 10:37:29 AM  
Let me guess, it just left the solar system... again.
 
2017-12-02 10:44:23 AM  
My car isn't preserved by being in a vacuum.
 
2017-12-02 11:02:42 AM  

Flurching: Ishkur: How did they send the command? Do they have an old Apple ][ computer that keeps contact with the probe, and they haven't shut it off in 40 years?

They have old Engineers who can read and write old code. This is being executed by retirees. https://www.nytimes.com/2017​/08/03/magazine/the-loyal-engineers-st​eering-nasas-voyager-probes-across-the​-universe.html


Thanks to the new tax rules on grad students, men and women like this will never come again.
 
2017-12-02 11:20:14 AM  

DubyaHater: SpinStopper: My Aztek starts funny (not HAHA) no matter how I look at it.

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Did.....did you buy aftermarket wheels for that Aztek?


The previous owner did that rather than than pay for goofy things like upkeep on the thing.
 
2017-12-02 11:30:45 AM  
Anyone mention Trump yet?
 
2017-12-02 12:21:41 PM  
lucky sob doesn't have to worry about oxidization
 
2017-12-02 03:33:38 PM  
"After sending the commands on Tuesday, it took 19 hours and 35 minutes for the signal to reach Voyager."

It takes sunlight 8 minutes to reach earth. That gives you an idea of how far out there that little guy is.
 
2017-12-02 05:38:32 PM  

fusillade762: It's trying to get as far from Earth as possible. Right now I don't blame it.


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2017-12-02 05:39:42 PM  

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Dammit...
 
2017-12-02 05:40:23 PM  

LoneVVolf: "After sending the commands on Tuesday, it took 19 hours and 35 minutes for the signal to reach Voyager."

It takes sunlight 8 minutes to reach earth. That gives you an idea of how far out there that little guy is.


What gets me is that's almost one light day away.

/ Wonder how long before it actually is 1 light day away
// Only 364 more to go!
/// Blows my mind!
 
2017-12-02 06:20:52 PM  

davidphogan: PainInTheASP: Well, duh. They obviously purchased the extended warranty.

I'm add old as a spacecraft, and I don't think I have an extended warranty.

But then I'm as old as a farking spaceship. That's farking awesome.


This.  I'm in my mid-forties now.  I remember when I was a kid being absolutely captivated when the Voyagers first went by Jupiter.  It's kind of like we all grew up together.

I think about stuff like Voyager any time I hear morons bleating about how taxation is theft and how the free enterprise system can do everything.  I'm extremely happy that my own small contributions via my Form 1040 have gone towards keeping these spacecraft going over the decades.
 
2017-12-02 06:37:07 PM  

I just lurk here: Wonder how long before it actually is 1 light day away


About 10 more years. If this plan of theirs to use the trajectory thrusters as long as possible works, then Voyager might still be functional at that time, even if only just.
 
2017-12-02 06:39:34 PM  
M|A|R|R|S - Pump Up The Volume (Official Video)
Youtube w9gOQgfPW4Y
 
2017-12-02 06:52:38 PM  
The engineers who designed the Voyager probes could teach a few engineers these days a thing or two about how to design something to last.
 
2017-12-02 07:17:53 PM  

arrogantbastich: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/w9gOQgfP​W4Y]


I've always liked that tune
 
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