Winding Down the Voyager Studies

August 7, 2012 at 7:53 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, historic review, science and technology)


It seems that an exciting point has been reached by scientists working with N.A.S.A., as well as all of those whom have interest in what is happening with The Voyager Mission.  After being sent from Earth during their 1977 launch, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 have taken captivatingly unparalleled images of our solar system, while transmitting priceless data to scientists back home.  Now, after thirty-five years of space travel, the probes are at the threshold of something amazing!

The Voyager probes already have exited the termination shock during the first decade of the twenty-first century, and they reached the heliosheath.  This is the boundary where ions from The Sun reach their emission limits.  That progressive motion happened after both satellites passed through the termination shock, where winds from The Sun reduce in speed and detection levels.  Then, the probes must pass through the heliopause, the limit where energy from The Sun no longer is significant, due to entering interstellar space.

While within the heliosheath, winds emitted by The Sun are significantly and suddenly slowed down.  Yet, there is supposed to be an increase of heat within this area of the solar system, likely some point of recognition that indicates the boundary of The Sun’s domain.  Interstellar winds that collide with this point act to produce a bow shock, where an alleged arc of light will be situated, created from the impact between interstellar winds, and the winds produced by The Sun.

The scan platforms for both satellites have been deactivated.  This means that they are not surveying the areas of space through which they are passing, and no actual data is being transmitted to N.A.S.A. scientists.  Furthermore, the gyro operations, which functioned to rotate the Voyager probes for more acurate data reception, will end for Voyager 1 during 2015, and for Voyager 2 during 2016.

N.A.S.A. scientists are saying that both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 will remain relevant, at least until 2025!  That should provide additionally needed time for the probes to collect additional information about previously unrecognized areas of our solar system.  It seems to be the fact that both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 no longer will have the functional capacities to transmit data after 2025, due to a lack of needed power.  After that point, N.A.S.A. will end efforts to collect further details from both space probes.

It does appear that before the final shutdowns occur, N.A.S.A. will be using both Voyager satellites to conduct The Voyager Interstellar Mission.  This is supposed to allow scientists to collect information about the outer solar system, beyond the heliopause.  Information will be collected to determine the exact reach of The Sun’s power, while recognizing the actual position of the heliopause, and deducing actual measurements of how and where solar winds cease upon entrance into interstellar space!

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://science.nasa.gov/…/science-at-nasa/2011/28apr_voyager

http://www.spacetoday.org/SolSys/Voyagers20years.html

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-177

http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/solarsystem/voyager_agu.html

http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/index.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_program

http://www.space.com/…voyager-mission-facts-solar-system.html

http://www.rtbot.net/Voyagers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonization_of_the_outer_Solar_System

   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vac1KRjx-n0 

 Voyager Spacecraft

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