Voyager 1 Spacecraft About to Leave Solar System

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PlaidHatter:

RazadaMk2:

PlaidHatter:

To say the Cold War was all about "international dick-waving" is like calling World War I a spitting contest. It's a ridiculous generalization propogated by laziness and ignorance; encouraging the metaphor really is a great disservice to understanding the events of the conflict so that future generations are able to more aptly cope with a similar situation.

I am a student of both history and cultural history, about to major in Sociology and minor in Politics.

I know the cold war was more complex then an international dick waving contest. I know the cold war was not by any means cold. Thousands died. And I also know the cold war is, to a degree, far from over. Both America and Russia still have the capability to wipe out life on earth and hell, both America and Russia still have their nukes pointed at each other, early warning systems in place and arctic subs tooling around the Oceans with rather impresive arsenals.

However, I did not want to write a small essay. I had no intention of analysing the entire cold war, nor the socio-political explanations behind the giant money sinks that was the space race. For the layman, the cold war was America and Russia flexing their industrial and military muscles.

So I referred to the cold war as a "Dick Waving Contest". Get off your high horse, bro.

My bad. Finally emigrated from some really angry message boards for good (where this sort of generalization is practically cited by ignoramuses), so I'm still trying to dial it back. Didn't mean to twist the knife that wasn't there to begin with. Again, my apologies.

Oh, its understandable, sorry for being a dick about it.

Although since you are sorta new here, be aware of two things. Strawmanning and False Equivalences. They are the gears that grind the debate machine over here. Oh, and the fallacy that "Opinion is fact" combined with "An opinion is beyond criticism" does lead some threads down a dark road.

Finally, I am totally ok with you assuming I was a moron. Simply because you used the term ignoramus.

I still stand by that, gross generalization or not, International Dick Waving Contest can be used to aptly summarize the entire Cold War. If by "Dick" you mean "Economic Policy".

Little did we know that as the Voyager leaves the solar system it pierces the veil and allows unimaginable darkness and evil to seep into the system! The Mayans were right!

The end is nigh!

THE END IS NIGH!

...what? No? Carry on then.

Terminate421:
Star Trek: Voyager isn't too far off then, eh?

Imagine if there are aliens sitting on the edge of space just waiting for us to do something interstellar, they then bring voyager right back to us.

They come back with confetti, space-cakes and a big novelty check saying "congratulations earth on interstellar status! Enjoy your 1000 free spacebucks!" and all.

newwiseman:
Damn I though Voyager left the system about 5 years ago... what the hell did I read five year ago that mentioned voyage leaving...

ah well, Nice to see something made when the program had a budget is still doing its job.

It passed Plutos trajectory a while ago. Still not outside the solar system though.

dogstile:

Kalezian:

image

I hate that image. Really gives me a sinking feeling knowing how insignificant I am in the grand scheme of things.

Don't fall into that trap~ D:/

Here, chew on this. :3

Dangit... whatever, have a link, instead: >.>

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D05ej8u-gU

AppleShrapnel:

dogstile:

Kalezian:

image

I hate that image. Really gives me a sinking feeling knowing how insignificant I am in the grand scheme of things.

Don't fall into that trap~ D:/

Here, chew on this. :3

Dangit... whatever, have a link, instead: >.>

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D05ej8u-gU

That's a brilliant video. Instantly eased up that feeling of being small. Thank you.

dogstile:

That's a brilliant video. Instantly eased up that feeling of being small. Thank you.

I agree- and always happy to spread some of Neil DeGrasse Tyson's gospel. :)

dogstile:

Kalezian:

nikki191:
its been going for decades and still hasnt had a RROD :D

and less computing power than most cell phones to boot.

which is what I am going to start complaining about, Voyager 1 has been powered on since 1977....

and yet my computer can only hold a 2 hour charge on it's battery?

oh well, at least we have this to remember Voyager by:
[inspirational image]

I hate that image. Really gives me a sinking feeling knowing how insignificant I am in the grand scheme of things.

Psh, whatever. All those other dots have done less in trillions of years than we've done in a day. Go dot #534ty539se29-t34234-1@~^%!

teh_Canape:
please please please please tell me they will find Thessia

that would be so awesome!

Wait, wait, wait, The Voyager will be leaving the Solar System, and no one has posted this video yet?

C'mon guys, I'm not even a Trekkie!

OT: All seriousness, I've been waiting my whole life to hear that the Voyager will be leaving the Solar System soon.

AppleShrapnel:

Fixed. Don't forget it's [youtube=(whatever comes after "v=")]

dogstile:

Kalezian:

nikki191:
its been going for decades and still hasnt had a RROD :D

and less computing power than most cell phones to boot.

which is what I am going to start complaining about, Voyager 1 has been powered on since 1977....

and yet my computer can only hold a 2 hour charge on it's battery?

oh well, at least we have this to remember Voyager by:

image

I hate that image. Really gives me a sinking feeling knowing how insignificant I am in the grand scheme of things.

...that makes you feel insignificant? The knowledge that the most complex particles in your body had to be cooked in a fucking STAR for billions of years before it went supernova and shotgunned them out through space? And that after 4 billion years of tiny organisms devouring each other and recombining, you just HAPPEN? You emerge as a sentient, self-aware being on a huge sphere rocketing around a billion year nuclear fission explosion, and your very presence effects the physical properties of every other object in the universe.

That sounds pretty rad to me.

BrownGaijin:

AppleShrapnel:

Fixed. Don't forget it's [youtube=(whatever comes after "v=")]

I will also see your Neil DeGrasse Tyson and raise you a Brian Stokes Mitchell:

dogstile:

Kalezian:

nikki191:
its been going for decades and still hasnt had a RROD :D

and less computing power than most cell phones to boot.

which is what I am going to start complaining about, Voyager 1 has been powered on since 1977....

and yet my computer can only hold a 2 hour charge on it's battery?

oh well, at least we have this to remember Voyager by:

image

I hate that image. Really gives me a sinking feeling knowing how insignificant I am in the grand scheme of things.

I think it's great. this way, I know that all the problems we have here are, in the grand scheme of thing's, pretty small.

OT: Shine on you crazy space orb you.

BrownGaijin:

Fixed. Don't forget it's [youtube=(whatever comes after "v=")]

Thank ye for the correction. :P

On the boards I'm much more frequent on, embedding is done [ youtube ] (code) [ /youtube ]... a little standardization would be nice in this regard. ._.

BrownGaijin:

I will also see your Neil DeGrasse Tyson and raise you a Brian Stokes Mitchell:

Eh, I see where you're coming from, but that Carl Sagan image is, in a literal sense, looking at ourselves (collectively) from "heaven's eyes"... I personally feel Dr. Tyson's perspective to be a bit less- as he likes to say- "egocentric". The only thing that revolves around us is the moon.

To paraphrase him; mankind isn't all that unique or special. Look at the list of the elements that are the most prominent in space[1], and that list will match our chemical composition perfectly, sans helium.

Not trying to be argumentative- as I said, I see where you're coming from- but I gave up on religion a long time ago, so getting that message from an animated Jesus musical[2] leaves a sour taste in my mouth...

To quote Dr. Tyson yet again: "God is an ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance." Scientists on the frontier of knowledge will often invoke God (or intelligent design) to explain what they themselves cannot. These are not the people we, as mankind, need in the labs.

I'm digressing quite a bit, and I apologize, but I think it's a perspective more people need to adopt, or at the very least, be exposed to.

Shutting up now. :X

[1] Hydrogen, helium, oxygen and carbon, in that order. Helium is chemically inert, so besides changing the pitch of our voice, it has no bearing in our chemistry.
[2] Which the animation looked quite crisp. I can appreciate that, at least. :P

Luca72:

dogstile:

Kalezian:

and less computing power than most cell phones to boot.

which is what I am going to start complaining about, Voyager 1 has been powered on since 1977....

and yet my computer can only hold a 2 hour charge on it's battery?

oh well, at least we have this to remember Voyager by:

image

I hate that image. Really gives me a sinking feeling knowing how insignificant I am in the grand scheme of things.

...that makes you feel insignificant? The knowledge that the most complex particles in your body had to be cooked in a fucking STAR for billions of years before it went supernova and shotgunned them out through space? And that after 4 billion years of tiny organisms devouring each other and recombining, you just HAPPEN? You emerge as a sentient, self-aware being on a huge sphere rocketing around a billion year nuclear fission explosion, and your very presence effects the physical properties of every other object in the universe.

That sounds pretty rad to me.

No, no, no. You've got it all wrong. God does/did it all... that science mumbo jumbo with all its facts and evidence is just a hoax. Just you ask a Republican politician... ;-)

i watched it launch

i was 6 and i can still remember it because my mom was making it seem like a really big deal (she was into astronomy and loved the moon landings and all that) and i thought it was awesome...because i was 6...and it was a space rocket...do i really have to add more ? :P

that,s amazing! it,s a shame that Carl Sagan isn't here to see it.

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